New features are on the way to Minecraft on Windows 10 and Minecraft Pocket Edition, allowing you to play cross-platform with friends, and help build better words together, without the help of Weyland Yutani.
For the first time ever, up to five friends can play cross-platform multiplayer on a local network between Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. The Windows 10 Edition Beta also now allows up to five friends play together over Xbox Live. And no matter what edition you’re playing, you’ll be able to buff up your equipment with special effects from enchanting tables.
The 0.12.1 update is also the biggest update for Minecraft: Pocket Edition to date, bringing a host of highly-requested catch-up features for mobile players. For starters, you’ll get to enjoy revamped touch controls, controller support, and the controller mapping screen. You’ll also be treated to the same enhanced weather effects that Windows 10 Edition Beta players have received, including snow accumulation and directional rain. And in addition to plenty of new goodies to build and potions to brew, you’ll now be able to encounter golems and ocelots, and even explore the Nether. Finally, this update brings the ability to sneak and sprint in Pocket Edition. No release date has been confirmed yet.
Having no experience with the Pocket version of Minecraft myself, I imagine these new features will certainly benefit those on that platform, and hopefully keep the game as enjoyable as ever without being too complicated. The support for Minecraft isn’t stopping any time soon, and fans can continue to enjoy building to their heart’s content for the foreseeable future.
[Source: Press Release]