Playing Minecraft across different platforms is closer to becoming a reality. Mojang has begun the beta for the Better Together Update, which unites the world’s most popular game under a single gaming experience.
Minecraft Windows 10 and Minecraft Android are the first two platforms for the beta; with Xbox One following in the next few days. Minecraft on the Nintendo Switch is also scheduled to be part of this update; but there’s no news on when it will be added to the beta.
Both Minecraft Xbox One Edition and Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition will require entirely new versions of the game for cross platform play. That said, Mojang is giving these new games to those who already own the older version for free. Which is something that the company is know to do when there is more than one version of Minecraft available.
Similarly, Minecraft Windows 10 Edition is the only PC version of Minecraft that will receive cross platform play. The original Java-based Minecraft is not being abandoned, but it will remain as a standalone title.
However, the Windows 10 version is getting more integration with other Microsoft services. The next patch will allow players to export their creations in 3D. Allowing them to use those very models in other applications like Paint 3D.