Better Together Update

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The Better Together Update is an update to Pocket Edition, Windows 10 Edition, Gear VR Edition, Apple TV Edition, Fire TV Edition, and a new version of the Xbox One Edition and Nintendo Switch Edition. It was released for Pocket Edition as version 1.2, and as a new version for the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Eventually, Pocket Edition for Windows phones was discontinued after the official release of Better Together Update last September 20, 2017. Beta testing for the update for Android & Windows 10 began on July 31, 2017 and an update for Xbox One began on August 17, 2017.[1], and it was submitted to certification for 9 of the 10 platforms on September 15, 2017. It was released on September 20, 2017 on all platforms except Nintendo Switch, which is being delayed til 2018 to get Xbox accounts working on it.[2][3] The update for the Xbox One Edition is free for gamers who own a digital copy or have played the disc version for at least 5 hours in the past 12 months or have bought at least one DLC. The legacy versions for the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One from the Legacy Console Edition will no longer receive updates, and will no longer be available to purchase.[4]

The official name for the update, Better Together Update, or also known as "1.2" merges the bedrock platforms under one title - "Minecraft", reflecting the addition of cross-platform compatibility between the Pocket Edition (Android/iOS only), Windows 10 Edition, Xbox One Edition, Gear VR Edition, and soon the Nintendo Switch Edition.[5].

With the release of the Better Together Update, the original PC version, which is officially named Minecraft but commonly called "the Java edition", has been renamed to Minecraft: Java Edition from 1.12.2 in the Java Edition to distinguish it from the cross-platform version.[5]

Notable features[edit | edit source]

New version-exclusive features[edit | edit source]

  • How to Play tutorial (also accessible from the Pause menu)
  • In-game shortcuts for certain commands
  • Featured servers (accessible via Servers section in Play menu)
  • Coordinates (only accessible via cheats)
  • New command /tickingarea
  • Custom characters.
  • choice skins

Features Ported from Other Editions[edit | edit source]

Features ported from, or similar to, Java Edition[edit | edit source]

Further revisions[edit | edit source]

  • 1.2.1, 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 fixed numerous bugs.
  • 1.2.5 added the ability to broadcast to Mixer and other streaming services.
  • 1.2.6 saw Realms being integrated with Xbox Live Clubs, and updated textures for horses, mules, and donkeys.

References[edit | edit source]