Minecraft developer Mojang announced that a beta for the Better Together Update, which enables cross-platform play, is rolling out today on Windows 10 and Android, and will hit Xbox One in the coming days. This will be used to stress-test what they’ve built so far, and will only include some of the planned features.
To coincide with the beta, Mojang released a FAQ for Better Together, which reveals that they’re still in talks with Sony to bring it to PlayStation 4:
Q: Will the new version be available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch?
A: While we are thrilled to be able to confirm the new version of Minecraft is coming to Nintendo Switch, we are still in discussions with Sony about PlayStation and have nothing to confirm. We would love to work with Sony to bring players on PlayStation 4 into this ecosystem as well.
Perhaps in response to Sony’s concerns about enabling cross-platform play in a game like Minecraft, Mojang answered the question of whether the servers are safe for children:
Servers accessed via the in-game listings utilize Xbox Live accounts, which offer parental controls that parents can use to set limits for how their kids can interact online. Our official server partners have also taken steps to ensure online play is safe and comfortable for all ages, including chat filtering, in-game reporting, and live moderation. All server partners agree to enforce the Microsoft and Xbox Live code of conduct (http://www.xbox.com/en-US/legal/codeofconduct) which outlines a broad range of behavior that should be prevented, reported or banned in server experiences.
Better Together will launch this fall on the supported platforms. If Sony allows cross-platform in Minecraft, we’ll let you know.
[Source: Minecraft (1), (2)]