Minecraft Pocket Edition released a few years ago and it was an instant hit. However one of the downsides of it was that players couldn’t play with their friends on the PC or even on gaming consoles. Today that changes, at least a little bit. For players with either Minecraft Pocket Edition or Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, you can now play with up to 5-players across platforms. For now this only works on the same local session, but it will work on Android, Windows Phone, iOS, and of course Windows 10. The Windows 10 version is also able to play with users on Xbox, but it’s unclear if that will also work with mobile users.
Updates are currently rolling out to Windows 10 to enable cross-platform functionality. There are also updates rolling out to Minecraft Pocket Edition on Android and Windows Phone with iOS coming soon. In the same update touch controls have been improved as well as adding controller support (with custom button mapping). Weather effects have also been enhanced along with the addition of sprinting and sneaking and also the addition of the “Nether”.