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5 minutes ago, TehStu said:

Shame the options are just 2 or 10 players and nothing in between.

 

How many players do you want? Reading the description for Pocket edition on iOS, the lower tier Realms subscription is for "you and two friends", not just two as you think.

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6 minutes ago, Stejay said:

 

How many players do you want? Reading the description for Pocket edition on iOS, the lower tier Realms subscription is for "you and two friends", not just two as you think.

Actually, that works, me and my two youngest. Cheers for the heads up.

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A game all about teamwork, building together and creating communities shouldn't be restricted to one device, which is why our Better Together Update introduces cross-platform play, breaking down the barriers and letting people play the same complete Minecraft with each other across devices! We've wanted to integrate cross-platform for ages, essentially making a version of Minecraft that's consistent no matter what device you're choosing to play on.

So going forward, the edition you'll find on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile and VR will simply be known as 'Minecraft', a separate entity from 'Minecraft: Java Edition', which is the original PC game (that we'll continue to support, of course). This means when you buy 'Minecraft', you're buying a game that can you can play with friends across devices.

Anyone playing the game on Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices will be able to play online together. If you own Minecraft for your mobile or VR device, you'll get this as a free update this summer. If you own Minecraft: Xbox One Edition or Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, you’ll receive the brand new version of Minecraft for free, and your existing worlds and DLC will come along to the new version with you. What’s more, any DLC you purchase will be accessible amongst the various devices at no extra charge. (For example: if you buy the Greek Mythology pack on Nintendo Switch, you’ll also own it on the mobile, Xbox One and Windows 10 Editions too - no extra charge).

Dedicated servers are coming to ALL "Better Together" platforms!

Independent servers, run by members of the amazing Minecraft community, have been around since the earliest days of the game. They're essentially online platforms where you can socialise, play and collaborate with millions of other players! Basically, servers make it easier for you to enjoy multiplayer Minecraft and access new mini-games, worlds, and friends to craft with! Nice!

Unlike Minecraft Realms, which gives you access to a private, cloud-hosted world for you and your friends, servers are open and accessible to everyone - some have monthly users in the millions!

So this Summer, all platforms receiving the Better Together Update will then have a server browser in the Minecraft start menu. This'll let you search a list of servers which you can join right away! We'll be launching with four servers – Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and Cubecraft - with more to follow. Plus we've made sure that parental controls and other safety features will be in place, so you decide what your child can access. We'll have a more detailed summary of servers closer to the update. After all, we live to serve(er)! ...sorry.

If you prefer Realms to Dedicated Servers, those are coming too.

 

 

Graphics expansion only for the cross play platforms as they'll all run on the new engine

 

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Minecraft is getting a new look this fall with a “Super Duper Graphics Pack” update that adds more realistic textures, light effects, and graphics to the popular block building game, including full 4K resolution on the Xbox One X console. Were you concerned about the lack of ultra-realistic water with reflections in Minecraft until now? Well, worry no longer. 

Also announced was the Better Together Update, which adds a new community marketplace for players to sell creations, new in-game servers to play together, and an interesting first — cross platform play between different platforms, including Xbox One, Windows 10, the Nintendo Switch, and a variety of mobile devices. 

The 4K graphics pack is set to release this fall, with the rest of the Better Together features coming soon.

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, TehStu said:

So I can host a game in my Xbox and my kids can connect to it using the Pocket edition on their Kindles, right? We all have Live accounts.

 


Anyone playing the game on Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices will be able to play online together.

 

I'd say that means yes? This seems quite the headlong dive as far as crossplay goes I noticed when I got my Switch at the weekend the online paid stuff is now delayed into 2018. It would be unprecedented if they decided to piggyback Xbox live in some form now and you get full cross platform voice chat etc added to the games going forwards - it's quite an important part of the full minecraft experience when you're working together to build.

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4 hours ago, Yoshimax said:

 

 

 

 

I'd say that means yes? This seems quite the headlong dive as far as crossplay goes I noticed when I got my Switch at the weekend the online paid stuff is now delayed into 2018. It would be unprecedented if they decided to piggyback Xbox live in some form now and you get full cross platform voice chat etc added to the games going forwards - it's quite an important part of the full minecraft experience when you're working together to build.

I want them to explicitly state it. At the moment, paid realms are still limited to specific versions (so the Win 10 PE port working with the Android pocket edition, etc.). They keep saying you can play together online, but I don't want just realms, I want to host a session and the kids join. I don't think I need to pay for a realm.

 

Don't need all the Live functionality, that's just a nice bonus. Core online play would be fine.

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It clearly states realms are optional over and above dedicated servers? Dedicated servers will allow you to spin up a private session in your own chosen world and invite people from any of the platforms mentioned.

 

If you prefer Realms to Dedicated Servers, those are coming too.

 

Spin up a server for yourself, invite them in, job done? I'm not sure I understand your confusion.

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They're providing 4 servers, I didn't see that you can use your own. So I can host one on my Pi locally? I don't want to play on public servers.

 

I mean, I'm browsing their site and I can't see this information clearly laid out. Can you link to the bit saying these servers allow you to spin up private sessions, and why they would allow that if you have to pay for realms?

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@TehStu What you are looking for just works: One person starts a world on iPhone, Android or Windows 10; everyone else on the same wi-fi sees it under 'Friends', joins in. You don't need Realms. You don't even need Live accounts. Enjoy!

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1 minute ago, RubyJester said:

@TehStu What you are looking for just works: One person starts a world on iPhone, Android or Windows 10; everyone else on the same wi-fi sees it under 'Friends', joins in. You don't need Realms. You don't even need Live accounts. Enjoy!

Yup, we've done that. My phone with the kids' kindles.

 

But I'd much prefer to use my XB1, and allow them to connect to that. 

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Players on Xbox One, Windows 10 (and mobile), Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android will be able to connect and play together via a Minecraft Realm, which is a subscription based service allowing players to maintain their very own dedicated server.

 

https://www.windowscentral.com/minecrafts-better-together-beta-xbox-windows

 

So cross play needs a paid realm, not sure I can be bothered with that.

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1 hour ago, Dudley said:

Well it obviously wasn't going to work without some kind of hosting.

I assumed it would be extending Xbox Live play to those other platforms, so you could host your own game peer to peer as you would connecting two XB1s together.

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I've played 2 player with my daughter, her on an iPad and me with the windows 10 version. It works really well. I haven't paid for anything other than the two versions of the game

 

edit: ah sorry you need realms if using the Switch / Xbone version?

Shame the WiiU version isn't included as we have that too!

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sounds like the writer got the fact that dedicated Realms servers will also have cross-play functionality, mixed up with the idea of the general community network which should be working across the devices as @StoooTube wrote

 

they also say something about community servers being added, would be strange to have those walled off

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12 hours ago, StoooTube said:

I've played 2 player with my daughter, her on an iPad and me with the windows 10 version. It works really well. I haven't paid for anything other than the two versions of the game

 

edit: ah sorry you need realms if using the Switch / Xbone version?

Shame the WiiU version isn't included as we have that too!

 

Yeah it's a switching (cringe) "Ecosystem" issue.

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My 6 1/2 yr old is making noises about this and i might get it shortly or wait and he can get it from a relative for Christmas.  We have xbox one / windows pc and an ipad kicking about but i think xbox suits as another few pals have it on there.  

 

What version do i get to be future proof?  Just the standard xbox digital copy?

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22 minutes ago, sir shrew said:

Did anybody catch the coverage of this on BBC Breakfast this morning, including obligatory Stampy interview. I think they were discussing the Better Together update.

 

The topics covered were the perils of children encountering bad language and stranger danger, parental controls, health and safety concerns, how long should kids be playing... just utter fucking garbage.

 

They cover football every day, they don't do it from an angle of health and safety, bad language, poor role models parental concerns.

 

How is an industry so widespread and popular treated like this by the mainstream media? Still!

 

Same line of discussion on Radio 5. Had to switch it off. Pathetic.

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Apparently, the Better Together update is out. I haven't checked my xb1 yet, but my Android version is updating to just being called Minecraft (instead of PE), and the release notes mention cross play with up to 8 players across umpteen platforms.

 

More of this sort of cross-play, please devs.

 

edit - well, this is a nice, clear process on the Xbox! There was an 85meg update for the XB1 edition, however that wasn't Better Together. However, when you go to play a game, I had a one time popup saying digital users get the new Minecraft for free (for some reason, it's a separate game in the Store) and that disc users have a limited time to upgrade. Great, I'm digital, follow link to store... but I have to pay $19.99 to download it. I even go right the way through the purchasing process until the confirmation and it's still looking like $19.99.

 

Is this deliberately obtuse or something?

 

edit - from the xbox store:

 

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*Owners of a digital version of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition can download the new, updated game in the Xbox Store for free. Until January 30th, 2018, owners of the disc version of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition can download the new game once they have played Minecraft for 5 or more hours in the past 12 months OR purchased a DLC Pack.

 

How? It wants to charge me.

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I wish they'd put out a pack for those exact graphics on PC though.  It does look pretty decent.  Mods can achieve it, but I bet this has better performance efficiency.  Here's hoping someone comes along to try and match the visuals.

 

Edit: Nvm it is coming to Windows 10.  Unsure if that means the Windows Store version or direct through mojang.

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