'Minecraft' update takes cross-platform multiplayer online

Texture packs and mods are coming to the Pocket Edition this fall.

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'Minecraft' update takes cross-platform multiplayer online

After selling an incredible 100 million copies (and counting), the world of Minecraft continues to grow today with new functionality and features. Revealed at E3, the new "Friendly Update" lets Minecraft players on Windows 10, iOS and Android (including the Gear VR edition) game together online in the same persistent Realms, no matter what the device.

This follows the launch of cross-platform multiplayer on local networks last year. The new update is out today, but the Minecraft folks also revealed two significant improvements specific to the mobile-friendly "Pocket Edition." These are texture packs, which arrive today and let you change in-game aesthetics, and add-ons that allow you to modify the game world even further (create zombies that shoot fireballs, for instance), landing this fall. Furthermore, these updates will be coming to the console versions of Minecraft next year. But remember kids, homework first.

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