In 2018, Mojang and Microsoft introduced a new version of Minecraft called the “Bedrock Edition,” which unified almost all platforms and allowed players to play with their friends across PC, Xbox, mobile, and Nintendo Switch. One system left out of the fun at the time was Sony’s PlayStation 4, but the game’s latest update will rectify this.
Recently, a new Minecraft software update on PS4 released the return the game into the Bedrock Edition, which is the same version used by other current-generation platforms. With the update, you’ll be able to team up with your friends playing the game on Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, for example. You won’t have to pay any extra to get the Bedrock Edition on PS4, as it will automatically be converted over when you receive the next update.
Alongside the new cross play functionality, PS4 players can also access the Minecraft Marketplace to find new skins and add-on content. If you’ve been jealous of the extra goodies your friends on other platforms have been experiencing, your wait is finally over.
Players on all platforms will need to be running the 1.14 update to take advantage of cross-play. The update has been a long time coming for PS4 players, as Xbox One, Switch, PC and mobile Minecraft fans have been playing together for 18 months.
“One of Minecraft’s core missions is to connect players across devices and provide the best experience regardless of platform,” says Minecraft studio head Helen Chiang, in a statement to The Verge. “We continue to fulfil that mission here today by welcoming PS4 players to Minecraft on Bedrock and growing our cross-platform multiplayer community.”
Minecraft is a significant addition to the list of cross-play games, given that there are 480 million players, with 112 million monthly active players. Minecraft was also recently featured in YouTube Rewind 2019, listed above Fortnite as the most viewed video game on YouTube.
This a huge deal, considering the more than 480 million Minecraft users in the world. Here’s how Sony described the new update:
“‘So how is this different from the version of Minecraft I can already play on my PS4?’ The difference is that the Bedrock version of Minecraft is the unified version of the game that offers the same experience across all consoles. All that glorious, unified code means that you’ll be playing the same game as your pals on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, and mobile!* So, yes – that means you get cross-play between those different consoles. Not just that, PS4 players now also have access to the Minecraft Marketplace – a source for worlds, skins, mini-games, and mash up packs! So you’re going to have not just a better Minecraft experience than ever before, but more Minecraft than ever.”
Keep in mind it’s been about two years since cross-play went live for Minecraft on Xbox, PC, mobile, and the Switch. Sony had originally blocked cross-play for popular games, including Minecraft, but it changed its mine over a year ago after significant consumer backlash.
Now, titles like Fortnite, PUBG, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare all feature cross-play on PS4.
Minecraft’s PS4 cross-play arrives after Sony relaxed its restrictions on cross-play over the last year or so. It opened up cross-platform multiplayer access to all developers in October. Several other major titles offer PS4 cross-play, including Fortnite, Rocket League, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.