E3 2016: Minecraft Realms Launch on Pocket / Windows 10

Microsoft and Mojang announced the launch of The Friendly Update for Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft Windows 10 Edition.

At E3 2016, Microsoft and Mojang announced the launch of The Friendly Update for Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. The update includes two major features, Realms and cross-platform multiplayer, as well as support for pistons, horses, pig-riding and more.

With cross-platform multiplayer, users can play with others even if they’re on different platforms. This includes users playing Minecraft on Gear VR. This multiplayer functionality is powered by Xbox Live, so users will need Xbox Live accounts to play. By logging in with their Xbox Live accounts, users will also be able to earn Xbox achievements while playing.

Meanwhile, Minecraft Realms are persistent, private multiplayer servers which allow users to play with their friends, even if the server’s original creator is currently offline. Realms are available in multiple pricing plans, and users can also try Realms in a free one-month trial.

Finally, this update includes city and plastic texture packs, which allow users to change the appearance of their worlds.

In addition to launching this update, Mojang offered a look at Minecraft Add-ons, which will allow players to change mobs and animals into different things, or to give them different behaviors. For instance, users will be able to change the behavior of villagers so they fight back against enemies. Add-ons will be released this fall.

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