The Better Together update is the first step to the full unification of Minecraft, across Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10 devices, Android, and iOS, allowing players to build together in shared worlds. The classic Java-based PC version won't be joining the party due to limitations of the engine, and Sony's PlayStation version won't be joining due to the company's long-standing policy of blocking cross-platform play.
For information on how to join the beta (available now on Windows 10, later on Xbox One), head over to here. If you've got some questions about how the update will work for Windows 10 and Xbox One users, Microsoft has provided some answers. Here are the most pertinent ones for Windows 10 and Xbox.
When will the Better Together update go public?
What will happen to the original Java-based PC version?
What about owners of the physical Xbox One version of Minecraft?
What will happen to the old Xbox One version of Minecraft?
Can I transfer my worlds from the Xbox One version to the new version?
Will Minecraft have infinite worlds on Xbox One?
Will DLC transfer from the old versions to the new?
What will happen to mini games and season passes?
Can we use add-ons on the Xbox One version?
The full FAQ includes more information on how the game's public servers will work if you're so-inclined, as well as information on how the "Better Together" update will maintain child safety online.
With the "Better Together" update, Minecraft will become the first game to complete Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform (UWP) vision for gaming, connecting users across Windows 10 mobile devices, PCs, and consoles. While Windows 10 Mobile languishes in its death throes, Minecraft will be prepared and ready to make use of whatever comes next for Windows on ARM devices, owing to UWP and the extensible "Bedrock Engine," built to handle Minecraft across platforms.
Make sure you read our full list of features coming to Minecraft with this update below, and if you have any further questions, hit the comments and I'll try and get them answered for you.
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