Minecraft Realms offers cross-platform play between Windows 10, iOS, and Android [Update: Live for Windows 10]

Microsoft has announced an expansion of its Minecraft Realms platform, in an attempt to unite Minecraft players across platforms.

As a part of the program, Minecraft players across Windows 10, iOS, Android and Gear VR will be able to connect over multiplayer for the first time. Tagged as 'The Friendly Update', the expansion will provide dedicated servers for multiplayer sessions, acting as a unified solution for mobile cross-platform multiplayer.

This title joins the existing support for PC and Mac, but multiplayer support will still be divided between these platforms. Support for consoles is planned to rollout in the next year.

Update: The Realms update is now live for the Windows 10 version of Minecraft

Download Minecraft Windows 10 Beta from the Windows Store ($9.99)

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