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The Better Together Update is an update to Pocket Edition, Windows 10 Edition, Gear VR Edition, Apple TV Edition, Fire TV Edition, and a new version of the Xbox One Edition and Nintendo Switch Edition. It was released for Pocket Edition as version 1.2 and as a new version for the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

The official name for the update reflects the addition of cross-platform compatibility between the Android, iOS, Windows 10, Xbox One, Gear VR, and Nintendo Switch versions of the game. The editions are merged under one title: "Minecraft". The original PC version is renamed Minecraft: Java Edition to distinguish it from the cross-platform version.[1][2]

Beta testing first began on July 31, 2017.[3] It was first released for the Xbox One, iOS, Android, FireOS, Gear VR, Windows 10, and Fire TV on September 20, 2017.[4] The Nintendo Switch and Apple TV are slated to receive the update sometime between late 2017 and early 2018.[5]

Notable features

Version-exclusive

  • Achievements instead of advancements
  • Add-ons – used to change the way things look in-game
    • Behavior pack, used to change the behavior of entities
    • Resource pack, used to change textures and sounds
    • World templates, used to import a world from outside
  • Minecraft Marketplace – use Minecraft Coins to purchase community creations such as mash-up packs, skin packs, texture packs, and so on.
  • Graphics are more vibrant and smoother than the Java Edition
  • Water has smooth lighting
  • How to Play tutorial
  • Featured servers
  • Custom characters

Imported from other editions

References

  1. https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/better-together-faq
  2. https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/all-news-e3
  3. https://minecraft.net/article/beta-test-better-together
  4. https://twitter.com/Chupacaubrey/status/910213343528419328
  5. https://minecraft.net/article/better-together-update-here

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