Microsoft has aggressively supported Minecraft ever since the company purchased the game a few years ago. One of the most popular versions of the title is available on Nintendo Switch and it just got even better. The Bedrock version of Minecraft just released for Nintendo Switch, both digitally on the Nintendo eShop and as a physical release. As with the recent "Better Together" update for Xbox One, players who already own Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition will be able to upgrade for free.
Minecraft is the first game on Nintendo Switch to feature cross-play support across Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and virtual reality devices. PlayStation 4 is missing from the list as Sony doesn't allow cross-play with Xbox One.
The new version of Minecraft is out on Switch! Features cross-play with Xbox One, Windows 10, VR and mobile devices, plus the Super Mario Mash-Up pack! Already own Minecraft on Switch? You can update to the new version for free! Wa-hoo! https://t.co/KOAh99L46Mpic.twitter.com/ZsskckOTx1
— Minecraft (@Minecraft) June 21, 2018
This new version also lets those on Nintendo Switch access the Minecraft Marketplace for the first time. You can purchase unique maps, skins, and texture packs from various creators within the massive Minecraft community.
Lastly, as is the case with Minecraft on any Bedrock platform, Minecraft on Nintendo Switch supports Xbox Live Achievements and Gamerscore. This is probably one of the biggest additions because this is the first time the feature is available on a competing console.
It's great to see Microsoft working so closely with Nintendo on this. Hopefully Sony will follow suit and allow the cross-play Bedrock update on its platform. Until then, we'll be taking on Creepers and Ender Dragons together on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.