Nintendo Switch gets Minecraft 'Bedrock' update with Xbox Achievements and Gamerscore in June

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's about to get even better.

The Bedrock version of Minecraft will launch on June 21, 2018 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 will be the first game on Nintendo Switch to feature cross-play support across Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and virtual reality platforms. PlayStation 4 is missing from the list as Sony doesn't allow cross-play with Xbox One.

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.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime issued the following statement about Minecraft's Bedrock upgrade.

This new version of Minecraft offers players even more options to play anytime and anywhere on Nintendo Switch. With previously released content like the Super Mario Mash-Up included, players everywhere can experience what it's like when Minecraft meets the Mushroom Kingdom!

Lastly, as is the case with Minecraft on any Bedrock platform, Minecraft on Nintendo Switch will also support Xbox Achievements and Gamerscore. This is probably one of the biggest announcements 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 their 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

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.