Better Together Update
Today at E3 Mojang have announced the upcoming Better Together Update, this update unifies Minecraft in one version available on most platforms (excluding Java Minecraft which will continue to be supported as an independent version), known simply as "Minecraft" the new update will include some game-changing new features!
- Cross-platform play, play together with friends in Minecraft no matter what platform they're using.
- In-game servers, available on all platforms Minecraft will have in-game servers you can join right from the menu. The servers available at launch include some of the most recognisable Minecraft servers: Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and Cubecraft.
- Marketplace is available for Minecraft.
- 4K HDR graphics which include "improved lighting, shadows, water effects... basically, it'll be like giving your eyes a luxury massage. This’ll be available to folks playing on Xbox One, Windows 10, iOS, mobile, and VR - essentially every platform that gets our Better Together update."
- Pocket edition players will receive a free update as Pocket Edition will become Minecraft, and owners of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will receive the brand new Minecraft game for free.
This E3 we shared our plans to introduce the Better Together Update to unify console, mobile and Windows 10 versions of the game under a single edition. And that’s not all! This swish new version brings in-game multiplayer servers, an update to give your worlds a lick of graphical paint, and cross-platform support - letting console, Win 10 and mobile Minecrafters play together for the first time!
And PC Java edition players, don't worry, Mojang will continue to support the original version of the game:
So going forward, the edition you'll find on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile and VR will simply be known as 'Minecraft', a separate entity from 'Minecraft: Java Edition', which is the original PC game (that we'll continue to support, of course).