Minecraft: How to play with friends on other platforms using cross-play

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Minecraft - hugging a vine

Image: Mojang/Microsoft Studios

Minecraft is a great game to play with friends and you can play with them regardless of the platform as long as you have the same version.

That means if you are using the Java edition of Minecraft, you can only play with people who also have Java Edition. The same applies to the Bedrock Edition. If you have different versions, you have to buy the other one to play together.

All working platforms Minecraft Bedrock Edition can play together. This includes Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC and mobile devices. You need a Microsoft account to do this. Your Xbox account, if you have one, will work just fine. If not, you can create one for free here.

Once you have a Microsoft account, you need to make sure you’ve added the friend you want to play with on that account. This often involves sending an invite to a friend with their Xbox gamertag.

Once that’s fixed, this is how you can get into the game itself.

Join a friend’s game

If your friend is playing in their own hosted session, you can join them during gameplay. As long as they are friends through Microsoft, you can join their session by navigating to the Friends tab and looking under Cross-platform friends who can join. .

A menu screen that invites a player to join a friend's cross-platform kingdom

This is what the Friends tab looks like on the Nintendo Switch version
Image: Mojang/Microsoft via Polygon

These sessions can only accommodate eight people at a time.

When prompted to join a session, a pop-up will appear that you can accept or decline.

Invite friends to your game

To invite friends, open the start menu in the game. A sidebar prompts you to invite friends. Once you select Invite, you can add people from your friends list to join your game.

Consider the player permissions you have active in your session (visible in settings). You can change it so that your session participants can only see your world, or you can let them go wild, building and breaking blocks. You can even give them admin privileges. You can also set these privileges individually once friends have joined your session by clicking the yellow icon next to their names.

An example of automatic privileges that can be set in Minecraft

Image: Microsoft/Mojang via Polygon

Using realms for multiplayer

Players can also join realms, which are servers that stay online all the time and don’t currently require a host to play.

You can send invites to your realm from the Friends tab or invite via a link if playing on PC. Clicking on the link will start the Minecraft Application. Console players must be invited via the friends list.

A menu screen for a Minecraft kingdom

Image: Mojang/Microsoft via Polygon

After joining the kingdom for the first time, you can return at any time from the Friends tab. Platoons you’ve joined will appear under Accessible Realms as long as the realm is still online. (Note that kingdoms are limited to 11 active players at a time, so if you can’t join, it may already be too crowded.)

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Source : polygon.com

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