Have you ever been playing on Minecraft and rued your own luck that many of your friends play on different platforms and in turn play different versions of the game? Tired of enjoying the game all on your own and only being able to talk about what you did verbally with your friends instead of actually playing with them. You’re in luck thankfully, because as it turns out, Minecraft has cross-platform play, and though it differs depending on what version of the game you're using, it can still be possible if you use the right methods.
When it comes to the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft here is a list of consoles that you can cross-play the game on:
- Windows 10
- Xbox series X
- Xbox One
- Nintendo Switch
- Playstation 4
- Playstation 5
With all of these systems, there are few limits as to what system you can cross play when it comes to the Bedrock version of Minecraft, save for a few exceptions.
Once you activate your game and sign into your Xbox account you’ll want to join an already existing world you have created or make a new one.
Either way, it will lead to you being within your game which can allow you to change the setting you need altered to activate cross platform gameplay. You will then go to your menu and invite players to games, which can be people that are already on your friends list. Once they receive your invite and accept it, it should be a simple matter of them just entering the game.
Cross platform play is a bit more of a complicated matter with Java. Here is the list of consoles that can be played with this version of Minecraft:
As you can see, this is a much more streamlined list as the Java version is much less available to other more mainstream consoles.
This can be a blessing in disguise however, as it can remove further complications for players using different or updated versions of the game. You essentially have three different methods through which you can play the Java version of the game with other people with different platforms.
- Private or public Minecraft Server.
- Minecraft Realms
- Local networking to play on the same network or LAN.
So long as you remember the categories of which platforms can be played on which versions of Minecraft, Cross play is not only very viable, but very straightforward.