UPDATE: Minecraft's "Better Together" update will launch for Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices - but not PlayStation.
Microsoft previously talked about the possibility of cross-network play, and said the ball was in Sony's court to allow it. And, certainly, going by this tweet from Minecraft spokesperson Aubrey Norris, the desire is there to get PlayStation on board:
We would love to have PlayStation players along with the unified Minecraft, hope that we can. https://t.co/hRGPG8Aj8a— Aubrey Norris ? @ Stockholm ?? (@Chupacaubrey) June 11, 2017
A new blog post has also clarified how the various versions of Minecraft will work in the future:
"Going forward, the edition you'll find on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile and VR will simply be known as 'Minecraft', a separate entity from 'Minecraft: Java Edition', which is the original PC game (that we'll continue to support, of course). This means when you buy 'Minecraft', you're buying a game that can you can play with friends across devices.
"Anyone playing the game on Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices will be able to play online together. If you own Minecraft for your mobile or VR device, you'll get this as a free update this summer. If you own Minecraft: Xbox One Edition or Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, you'll receive the brand new version of Minecraft for free, and your existing worlds and DLC will come along to the new version with you. What's more, any DLC you purchase will be accessible amongst the various devices at no extra charge. (For example: if you buy the Greek Mythology pack on Nintendo Switch, you'll also own it on the mobile, Xbox One and Windows 10 Editions too - no extra charge)."
Sounds good to us. Now, if only Sony would play ball...
ORIGINAL STORY: Minecraft will get cross-platform play this summer, connecting PC, mobile, VR and console versions of the game together.
Microsoft did not detail exactly which consoles will be included, but an on-screen trailer showed off a blocky Nintendo Switch build - suggesting Nintendo was signed up.
A greatly-improved graphical option will be available via the "Super Duper" graphical update this autumn, presumably timed around the launch of Xbox One X.
It adds in bloom lighting, more realistic textures, and what looked like a greater draw distance. Presumably it'll be coming to PC as well as the newly-titled Xbox One X too.