Minecraft releases “Better Together” update: play on Xbox, mobile, VR and Windows 10

Arif Bacchus

Earlier today we reported that the Minecraft: Better Together Update was rolling out on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Mobile. Well, the folks at Mojang have now made things more formal, coming out and announcing the official release of the much-anticipated update.

The Minecraft team is remarking this as the “most significant update we’ve made in Minecraft’s recent history,” pointing to the fact that the update allows players to enjoy the Marketplace, play your Realm on a console, and pick off where you left off on your phone. Other features mentioned in the official announcement include: enjoying joining massive servers, the introduction of parrots, banners, armor stands, stained glass, fireworks, new world start options, new game rules and more.

You can have a look at some of the new features and tweaks delivered in this update by checking below. The full list can be seen here.

New Features:

  • Coarse Dirt
  • New world start options: Starting Map; Bonus Chest; Trust Players
  • New game rules: Show Coordinates; TNT Explodes;
  • Natural Regeneration
  • Added ‘/tickingarea’ command to create areas that still update when no players are there
  • Player permissions
  • Zombie Villager spawn egg
  • In-game host options
  • Paper doll viewer
  • Outline selection toggle
  • In-game player names toggle
  • HUD opacity toggle


  • Rebalanced most of the game sound effects and music, such as rain being much quieter
  • It is now much easier to see underwater after drinking a Potion of Water Breathing and Potion of Night Vision
  • Blaze Powder is now needed to fuel brewing stands
  • Ice blocks are now transparent
  • Maps can now be held off-hand and show the heads of players’ skins
  • Locator maps now track the owner’s position, regardless of dimension
  • Worlds can now be set to Invite Only, Friends Only, or Friends of Friends

If you already own a disc or digital version of Minecraft on Xbox One, you will be getting the new version for free. And, if you’re using Minecraft on Android, iOS and Windows 10, you should be getting the update automatically. The Minecraft team is still working to get the Better Together Update ready for Nintendo Switch, so you’ll have to wait a little while longer if you’re on that platform. A comprehensive guide to the new update is available here if you so happen to be curious.