Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta gets a cross-platform multiplayer update of its own

Following an update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition earlier today, the Minecraft Windows 10 Beta has scored an update of its own. Included in this update is support for cross-platform play, along with a ton of other new features and additions, including support for Xbox Live GameDVR. Here's the full breakdown of what's new in Minecraft Windows 10 Beta:

  • NEW! For the first time ever, play cross-platform multiplayer on your local network with up to 4 friends using Minecraft: Pocket Edition.
  • NEW! Play in the beta with up to 4 of your Xbox LIVE friends both near and far in online multiplayer.
  • NEW! Buff up your equipment with special effects from enchanting tables.
  • Switch seamlessly between your favored method of input – controller, touch, or mouse & keyboard can be activated and used in an instant.
  • Record and share your feats to the web with Xbox LIVE GameDVR. Take advantage of limitless supplies and make anything you can imagine in Creative Mode.
  • Mine for precious items, craft tools, go on exciting adventures, and defend yourself from the creatures of the night in Survival Mode.
  • Immerse yourself in a gigantic world with new enhancements to weather effects – snow accumulation, softer transitions and even THUNDERSNOW.
  • Also features chickens, zombies, pigs, boats, armed skeletons, po ta toes, zombies, baby squids, enchanted items, villagers, naked sheep, iron golems, potions, ghasts, pickaxes, carrots, and lots, lots more.

This follows an update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition earlier today that also added support for cross-platform multiplayer. If you're stoked at the idea of building castles and adventuring with your friends on Xbox and mobile, you can hit up the link below to grab the latest version of Minecraft Windows 10 Beta.

Download Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta ($9.99)

Source: Microsoft

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