Minecraft Gets Cross-Platform Multiplayer for Windows 10 and Mobile Devices

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It’s long been known that cross-platform multiplayer was coming to Minecraft, and now it’s here. The sandbox game has just gotten better...

Microsoft has announced that the next update for Minecraft introduces cross-platform play between Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and Minecraft: Pocket Edition, along with a slew of other notable updates that enhance overall gameplay experience. The tech giant stated in a press release:
“The upcoming 0.12.1 update is, in a word, awesome. For the first time ever, up to five friends can play cross-platform multiplayer on a local network between Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. The Windows 10 Edition Beta also now allows up to five friends play together over Xbox Live. And no matter what edition you’re playing, you’ll be able to buff up your equipment with special effects from enchanting tables.”
The updated is the biggest to date for Minecraft: Pocket Edition and adds “a host of highly-requested catch-up features for mobile players,” including revamped touch controls, controller support and controller mapping screen. Mobile gamers will also get the same enhanced weather effects that Windows 10 Edition Beta players have enjoyed (e.g. snow accumulation and directional rain), as well as many new things to build and potions to brew. They will even get to explore the Nether and encounter new creatures like golems and Ocelots. Finally, the 0.12.1 update brings to the Pocket Edition the ability to sneak and sprint in. This is yet another reason to play Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition and Minecraft: Pocket Edition. The question is: will you?

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