Memory updatedMinecraft’s Cross-Platform Compatibility: Unveiled!

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Minecraft stands out for its broad platform support, spanning from cutting-edge VR headsets to older consoles. This versatility contributes significantly to its enduring popularity worldwide. However, navigating cross-platform multiplayer can be complex for Minecraft. Is Minecraft truly cross-platform? Can Bedrock users access Java servers? These queries abound, but rest assured, we’ve got answers. Rally your friends and dive into the game!

Decoding Minecraft’s Cross-Platform Status (2022)

Minecraft boasts a complex multiplayer system, spanning multiple editions and versions across various platforms. Refer to the table below to determine which Minecraft version is compatible with your platform and whether it facilitates crossplay.

Understanding Cross-Platform Play

Cross-platform play, or crossplay, enables players from different platforms, such as PC, Xbox, and PS, to unite on a shared server simultaneously. Despite hardware disparities, these players can collaborate and bring their Minecraft building ideas to life. Whether you’re on a phone, PC, console, or VR device, cross-platform support allows you to enjoy gameplay with friends.

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Does Minecraft Support Cross-Platform Play?

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Memory updatedMinecraft supports cross-platform play, allowing you and friends to join its world on various devices. However, not all Minecraft versions are compatible due to differences between Java and Bedrock editions, including their programming languages. Check our guide for more details and a workaround.

For a smooth Minecraft experience with friends, ensure you’re all on the same edition and game version. Consider joining a third-party server with its own game version. Note that only one Minecraft edition is available for consoles, portable, and VR devices due to programming differences.

When discussing cross-save or cross-progression in Minecraft, the game world is only saved on the cloud if you play on a dedicated Minecraft Realm or public server. If your server is hosted locally on your PC and you invite friends into the game, the saved files stay on your device. Consequently, you cannot access the same world by logging into your account on another device.

Supported Minecraft Platforms

  • Windows (Java & Bedrock)
  • macOS (Java only)
  • Linux (Java only)
  • Android
  • iOS
  • iPadOS
  • Windows Mobile
  • Fire OS/TV
  • PlayStation 4 & 5
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series S and X

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  • Nintendo Switch
  • Samsung Gear VR
  • PSVR
  • Oculus

Only Windows, macOS, and Linux support Minecraft Java edition among these platforms. This limitation doesn’t significantly affect gameplay but does restrict multiplayer options. In contrast, Minecraft Bedrock players can enjoy multiplayer across various devices. The exception is Linux and macOS, which exclusively support the Java edition.

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Windows players have a unique advantage: they can enjoy both the cross-play-enabled Bedrock Edition and the customizable Java Edition. This advantage stems from Microsoft’s ownership of both Mojang Studios (the developer of Minecraft) and Windows, ensuring this setup remains unchanged.

Legacy Minecraft Editions

  • Xbox 360: Supports split-screen play for four players
  • PS3: Also supports split-screen play for four players
  • PlayStation Vita: Enables on-the-go and online multiplayer for four players
  • Wii U: Offers split-screen play for four players
  • New 2DS & 3DS: Limited to LAN or WiFi multiplayer

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Minecraft Bedrock Edition: True Cross-Platform Play

Minecraft Bedrock Edition offers seamless cross-play across various devices like Oculus VR, consoles, mobiles, and Windows, provided they are on the same game version.

To play with friends, join public servers like Hypixel or Minecraft Realms (details below) or invite them to your private Minecraft world.

How to Crossplay in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition

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To enjoy cross-platform multiplayer on Minecraft Bedrock:

  1. Launch the game and sign in to your Microsoft account, if not already done. Xbox players are automatically signed in.
  2. Open a world or create a new one. In-game, press “Pause” and then “Invite to Game.”
  3. Note: Console players require a multiplayer subscription (Xbox Live, PlayStation Plus, Nintendo Switch Online).

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5. When your friend appears in the list, select their name and use the “Send Invite” button to invite them to your world. Note that Minecraft might prevent you from inviting crossplay friends to certain exclusive DLC-based worlds.

Minecraft Java Edition Enables Multiplayer on PC, Mac, and Linux

  • Minecraft Realms: Official paid multiplayer servers hosted and run by Mojang Studios
  • Create a private Minecraft Java server using the linked guide. However, keep in mind that the world will be saved on your device. You could use Minecraft server hosting services to create an online server accessible to you and your friends at any time.

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  • Start a local area network (LAN) from the pause menu (other players must be on the same network).
  • Join one of the best Minecraft servers to meet friends for an adventure.
  • Minecraft Java supports cross-platform play between different PC operating systems like Windows, Mac, and Linux. However, you can also enable crossplay between Minecraft Java and Bedrock Editions.

    Can Minecraft Java and Bedrock Crossplay?

    Popular Minecraft servers often segregate players based on their edition, hindering cross-edition interactions. However, GeyserMC, an unofficial workaround in the form of a server plugin, bridges this gap by facilitating cross-play between Minecraft Java and Bedrock editions. Acting as a data packet translator, GeyserMC seamlessly tracks player movement and world changes, enabling a unified gaming experience.

    The servers running this plugin support players on Windows 10, iOS, iPadOS, Android, and consoles. However, players on the incompatible edition won’t experience the combat system, block placement, or mods. Despite the complex setup for Java server owners, Bedrock players can join the server easily. If more servers or devs adopt this plugin, we may see a fully cross-platform Minecraft in the future.

    Play Minecraft Across Platforms with Crossplay

    Now, you can play Minecraft with friends on any platform or device they own. For inclusivity, we’ve created a guide on installing Minecraft Java on Chromebook, enabling you to play seamlessly with friends. Which device do you use for Minecraft, and has crossplay been an issue for you? Share your thoughts in the comments!