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Minecraft “Better Together” update

The Minecraft “Better Together” update is now available! This update contains lots of enhancements to the game, the biggest one being that you can now enjoy Realms, Marketplace and online play on your Xbox One consoles. This version is now known as “Minecraft” across the following devices:

  • Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition (including Oculus Rift)
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition for iPhone, iPad or iPod
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Android
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Kindle Fire
  • Minecraft: Gear VR Edition
  • Minecraft: Fire TV Edition

If you already play Minecraft on one of the devices listed above, you can now play with Xbox One players online, and sync your worlds from these consoles to your other devices.

Note There are no updates or changes to the Xbox 360, PC/Java, Mac or PlayStation/PS Vita or Nintendo Wii U/Switch/3DS versions of Minecraft.

Installation

If you already own a digital copy of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition then the new Minecraft version will be available automatically within My games & apps on your console. To install, go to My games & apps > Games and look for Minecraft under the Ready to install tab.

You will have both versions of the game available once you’ve installed Minecraft – the table below shows the difference between the versions on your console:

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Minecraft
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Minecraft

The new Minecraft comes packed with new features and capabilities, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Infinite worlds
  • Integration with Realms, Marketplace and Servers
  • Coarse dirt
  • Transparent ice blocks
  • Increased player limits on higher-end devices
  • Skin changes from pause menu

* In order to play Minecraft: Xbox One Edition from a disc, you will need to install it while in Offline mode on your Xbox One. Once the installation is complete, launch the game before connecting to Xbox Live again. At this point, you will be able to play Minecraft: Xbox One Edition from that disc going forward whether you are Online or Offline.

Visit minecraft.net/article/better-together-update-here for more info.

Playing the original vs. new version

You can continue to enjoy the original versions of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition in parallel to the new Minecraft on your console. Here is a side-by-side comparison on which features are available on each version:

  Minecraft: Xbox One Edition   Minecraft
Save to cloud
Earn achievements ✓ * ✓ *
Play with friends
Cross play with other platforms
Realms
Marketplace
Mini-Games (Battle/Glide)
Migrate save from Xbox One Edition to Minecraft
Migrate save from Minecraft to Xbox One Edition
3rd party server support market place

* Achievements will be different between versions

Play your Xbox One Edition worlds on other devices

When you play the new Minecraft on your Xbox One console, you’ll will be able to sync your existing worlds from the Xbox One Edition. Additionally, if you have a Realms subscription then your realms will also appear on your Windows 10, iOS, Android, Kindle, or Gear VR devices (if you own them).

To sync your worlds from the Xbox One Edition to Minecraft:

  1. Sign into your console with the account that you previously saved your Xbox One Edition world with.
  2. Launch Minecraft and select Play from the main menu.
  3. On the Worlds tab, select Sync Old Worlds if your existing games haven’t already been migrated.
  4. Select the world that you want to migrate and wait for conversion to complete.
  5. Your world will now sync to the new Minecraft when you sign in.

In addition to world sync, certain skin pack, texture pack, and mash-up pack purchases that you made on the console will also be available when you play the new Minecraft, and on your other devices.

Marketplace and Minecraft Coins

The new Minecraft version allows you to access the Marketplace, and you can purchase Minecraft Coins to pay for Skin Packs, Texture Packs, Worlds and Mash-up Packs.

If you already play Minecraft on a portable device, and you have Marketplace content or Minecraft Coins, these will now also be available to you in the new Minecraft version. Additionally, any Marketplace purchases that you make on your console will automatically appear on your portable devices.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which version of Minecraft is which?

The original version of Minecraft is called ”Minecraft: Xbox One Edition.” The new version is just called “Minecraft.” You will see the name of the game on the splash-screen when you launch it.

I made purchases on the original console editions of the game, how do I see them in the new version and on my portable devices?

Most content items will transfer over, visit minecraft.net/article/better-together-update-here for more info on which items will and will not transfer over.

How do I purchase a Realms subscription and access the Marketplace on my console?

To purchase a Realms subscriptions or Marketplace content, you will need to launch the new Minecraft version of the game on your console – this will not work with Minecraft: Xbox One Edition. If you continue to play on the Xbox One Edition, you can join Realms worlds if your friends invite you to play.

Do I need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play Minecraft online?

You will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription (sold separately) to use the following online features within Minecraft:

  • Realms
  • Connecting to servers
  • Cross-platform play

For local multiplayer you will not need an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

How do I play mini-games?

Mini-games are only available in Minecraft: Xbox One Edition – if you want to continue playing them, you can launch the Xbox One Edition of the game and enjoy playing against other people on your console. Some online servers will have experiences that are similar to mini-games, which you can enjoy in the new Minecraft version.

I own Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition already. Does this mean I can play Minecraft on Xbox One?

Minecraft is not an Xbox Play Anywhere title – if you want to play on Xbox One, you will need to purchase Minecraft separately. Visit the Minecraft page for more info on how to purchase on Xbox One.

I own Minecraft: Xbox One Edition on disc and played for at least 5 hours, or made a purchase within the qualifying time period. Where is my game?

If you’re eligible based on your purchases or game play, you will see a copy of Minecraft available in Ready to install under My games & apps. If you don’t see this available then make sure that you’re signed in with the same account that was used to play or purchase content.

I earned achievements when I played the original console versions of Minecraft – do I get to keep them?

Yes – any achievements that you already earned will continue to show on your Xbox account. You can even continue playing the original console version to continue earning any that you’ve missed. When you play the new Minecraft version you will earn additional achievements.

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