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Minecraft on Nintendo Switch gets Xbox Live Achievements and Gamerscore

Microsoft has aggressively supported Minecraft ever since the company purchased the game a few years ago. One of the most popular versions of the title is available on Nintendo Switch and it just got even better. The Bedrock version of Minecraft just released for Nintendo Switch, both digitally on the Nintendo eShop and as a physical release. As with the recent "Better Together" update for Xbox One, players who already own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will be able to upgrade for free.

Minecraft is the first game on Nintendo Switch to feature cross-play support across Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and virtual reality devices. PlayStation 4 is missing from the list as Sony doesn't allow cross-play with Xbox One.

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This new version also lets those on Nintendo Switch access the Minecraft Marketplace for the first time. You can purchase unique maps, skins, and texture packs from various creators within the massive Minecraft community.

Lastly, as is the case with Minecraft on any Bedrock platform, Minecraft on Nintendo Switch supports Xbox Live Achievements and Gamerscore. This is probably one of the biggest additions because this is the first time the feature is available on a competing console.

It's great to see Microsoft working so closely with Nintendo on this. Hopefully Sony will follow suit and allow the cross-play Bedrock update on its platform. Until then, we'll be taking on Creepers and Ender Dragons together on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

14 Comments
  • Hopefully Switch will get another titles with Xbox Live and Achievements support. Would be nice! ^^
  • Xbox is becoming bigger friends than ever and quicker with Nintendo than Playstation on communication. It wouldn't be surprising if more games follow this road in the future.
  • thats the end goal of microsoft. to have xbox become a service and play it everywhere, so far only nintendo took the bite and sony isnt biting.
  • > and sony isn't biting
    cause they cannot, they are not gonna send their user away. They had a good start and people will drag more friends in.
  • That's a shame, because that's not what I would like although the opinions of one person don't matter.
  • XB live you mean save / account sync?
  • Yeah. Like in "Minecraft", with Achievements feature :)
  • Where oh where is the X update and super graphics pack announced a year ago? I guess getting crossplay is more of a priority, maybe it will come soon.
  • I think it was pushed back to Holiday 2018.
  • Leaving a link to my comment on Reddit to make it easier on myself to keep track of it :) https://www.reddit.com/r/xboxone/comments/8ss43c/_/e128dvg/?context=1
  • Am I the only one thinking an "Achievement Unlocked: Xbox Live Achievements and Gamerscore on Nintendo Switch" image on a Switch would be perfect?
  • >Minecraft is the first game on Nintendo Switch to feature cross-play support across Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and virtual reality devices.
    Not entirely true. That would be Rocket League and then Fortnite (unless they're not available for ALL of those platforms mentioned, I honestly don't know.)
  • They aren’t available on all of those platforms.
  • technically speaking. Fortnite beat minecraft at cross platform support by about two weeks.