Minecraft takes a big step towards becoming a fully cross-platform game

by admin June 15, 2016 at 12:02 am

Minecraft, one of the most playable games of all time, is about to become all the more collaborative after it took a major step towards becoming a fully cross-platform title.

Mojang, the company behind the game which Microsoft acquired for $2.5 billion in 2014, took the floor at E3 to announce its first move to unite gamers across different operating systems.

A new update — dubbed “the friendly update” — now enables gamers on mobile (Android, iOS and Gear VR) and Windows 10 to play together through Minecraft Realms, which are essentially private, invite-only worlds for users.

The cross-platform support requires an Xbox Live account, but there won’t be support for the Xbox One console until later this year. (There’s no word on PC or Mac for now.) Prior to this development, gamers could play together only if they were all on mobile (Android or iOS), or on Windows 10, or on Xbox, but no variations of those platforms.

Another important tidbit for Minecraft’s 100 million-plus gamers: Realms can now be accessed even when the host — who pays the $8 monthly subscription fee — isn’t online. That provides more gaming possibilities and options.