Minecraft Better Together Update lets you start on console and keep playing on mobile

A Minecraft update that lets players create a world on a console or Windows PC and continue building it on a mobile phone has been released.

The Better Together Update also lets people team up with friends regardless of what platform they are using – Xbox, Windows, Apple, Google or virtual reality. Support for Nintendo Switch will follow soon.

As well as building worlds across devices, the new update will let players take items and features bought from the official Marketplace with them, too.

Other new features include the ability to share invite links to your world, if you’re playing Minecraft on iOS, Android or Windows 10 (Xbox One support is coming soon). When someone clicks on an invite link, they will be prompted to sign in or sign up with their Xbox Live account, and are then added to your world’s whitelist. This means they can start playing in your world straight away, even if the owner isn’t online.

The popular block-building game now includes stained glass, fireworks, parrots, armour stands, coarse dirt, ravines, recipe books, jukeboxes, plus much more. There are also new scenarios, such as Bonus Chest and Starting Map, as well as updated game rules, player permissions, host options and tips.

The update also increases the number of players using higher-end devices who can join a world, so more people can build together.

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Gamers playing Minecraft on a mobile or VR device will get a free update; those who own Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will receive the new version free of charge, with most existing worlds and downloadable content moving over, too.

Any downloadable content, such as skin packs, bought on one of the operating systems will now be available on all of them. So, buying the Greek Mythology pack on mobile means you can also use it in the Xbox One and Windows 10 editions as well.

The Better Together Update will also create a server browser in the Minecraft start menu, allowing players to easily find worlds they would like to join. There will initially be four servers – Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP and CubeCraft – with more added in the future. Xbox Live contains parental controls to ensure everyone can enjoy Minecraft safely.

Minecraft is one of the most popular computer games of all time, with 122 million copies sold to date – including four to people in Antarctica. Since the beginning of 2016, more than 53,000 copies have been sold every day, and 55 million people play Minecraft every month.