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'Minecraft' update takes cross-platform multiplayer online

Engadget Engadget 13/06/2016 Jamie Rigg
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After selling an incredible 100 million copies (and counting), the world of Minecraft continues to grow today with new functionality and features. Announced today at E3, the new "Friendly Update" will allow Minecraft players on Windows 10, iOS and Android (including the Gear VR edition) to play together online in the same Realms, no matter on what device they've been created.

This follows the launch of cross-platform multiplayer on local networks last year. The new update is out today, but the Minecraft folks also revealed two significant improvements coming to the mobile-friendly "Pocket Edition" this fall. These are texture packs, which let you change in-game aesthetics, and add-ons that allow you to modify the game world even further (create zombies that shoot fireballs, for instance). Furthermore, these updates will be coming to the console versions of Minecraft next year. But remember kids, homework first.

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