After opening the floodgates to the idea of console crossplay, Minecraft’s “Better Together” update looks to bring all the different versions of the popular block builder together. Now Microsoft has unleashed the update – except for Nintendo Switch users (Who have to wait a bit longer).

Revealed during Microsoft’s E3 presentation, Minecraft’s “Better Together” update serves as a unifying force between most of the Minecraft versions (Except Java and PlayStation 4 users, who have to wait it out entirely). The update allows mobile users to share worlds and play alongside console and PC users – something that wasn’t possible before this update.

There are also a number of updates and new items for gamers to play around with in the game – with refinements too.

  • Stained Glass
  • Fireworks (with Elytra boost!)
  • Parrots
  • Banners
  • Armor Stands
  • Jukebox and music discs
  • Recipe Book
  • Book & Quill
  • Ravines
  • Coarse Dirt
  • New world start options: Starting Map; Bonus Chest; Trust Players
  • New game rules: Show Coordinates; TNT Explodes; Natural Regeneration
  • Added ‘/tickingarea’ command to create areas that still update when no players are there
  • Player permissions
  • Zombie Villager spawn egg
  • In-game host options
  • Paper doll viewer
  • Outline selection toggle
  • In-game player names toggle
  • HUD opacity toggle
  • Expanded Xbox Live multiplayer world settings
  • New loading screens with funny and helpful tips
  • How to Play screen
  • Remix 3D export functionality (Windows 10 only)
  • New achievements
  • Server Partners
  • Realms invite links
  • Mash-up Packs and Texture Packs will now decorate the main menu and in-game HUD

The only caveat seems to be for Nintendo Switch owners, who won’t be getting the update quite yet. Mojang has said it wants to get the update out sometime this Winter – so the wait won’t be that long.

The update also introduces the Marketplace – something of a controversy for some fans (Who suspect that Microsoft and Mojang may be looking to make an extra buck off their game). Still, it’s entirely optional and doesn’t force its way into the main experience.

Overall, we’re delighted for Minecraft gamers. An update of this size gives a lot of new features to the game – and means that the Pocket Editions of the game are now more palatable.

Certainly, we’ll be diving back in to see how this changes everything.

Will you be checking out the “Better Together” update?


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A lifelong gamer, lover of movies and devourer of television; Shaun still can’t complete DOOM 2 on nightmare without breaking down into a crying heap.