'Minecraft' For Nintendo Switch Can Play With Xbox, PC, Mobile Players Soon


Minecraft is, perhaps, the first and so far only game that has cross-play support on Xbox One, Windows 10, Android, iOS, VR, and, soon, Nintendo Switch. Beginning in June the Minecraft Bedrock Engine will be on the Switch, both digitally and as a new physical version in stores for $29.99. Switch owners will be able to play with users on Mobile, PC, and Xbox Live.

Bedrock also brings a new in-game store called the Minecraft Marketplace, which lets players buy community-created content like skins and texture packs using a new currency called Minecoins. The update will also include achievements and gamerscore to track progress.

Minecraft also has plans to release a massive free update, titled Aquatic, later this year.

Nintendo Switch Edition has been available for a while, the Bedrock Edition will supplant it as the definitive version of the game for the Switch.

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At the end of last week, Microsoft announced that the next update for Minecraft, Update Aquatic, would be the final update to come to non-Bedrock versions of the block building game.

An exact release date for this big Minecraft update was not given, but considering E3 2018 is in June it's likely being saved for Nintendo's announcements on June 12. Share the adventure with friends across different platforms when @Minecraft and the Better Together update comes to #NintendoSwitch 6/21!

One additional note is that, while multiplayer on Switch is now free, the Switch Online paid subscriptions will be coming in September and Minecraft will be caught up by this, needing an active subscription to head online.