How do you play Minecraft cross-play with friends on other platforms?

Crossplay is easy with the right version of Minecraft.

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Minecraft is a fun and relaxing experience when playing alone, but joining a few friends on an exciting adventure is almost always an improvement. Completing large projects, exploring new biomes, and taking on tough bosses is an incredible experience with a group of players. Luckily, Minecraft supports cross-play on multiple platforms, although there are a few things you should know to ensure this is a possibility. 

Players can only play with other Minecraft players on the same version of Minecraft. There are currently two versions of Minecraft, Java and Bedrock, which come with a few limitations. Java players can only play with other Java players on PC, while Bedrock players can play cross-platform with any other player on the Bedrock edition. Bedrock is the version of Minecraft available on Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and some mobile devices. If playing cross-platform is one of your goals, make sure all players download the Bedrock edition. 

Regardless of your platform, you’ll need a Microsoft account to play cross-platform. Xbox players can use their Xbox account, while other players can create a Microsoft account for free. Once you have an account, you just need to add friends in-game with their account information or their Xbox Live gamertag. 

You can see friends online in the Minecraft Bedrock edition and join them directly if their world is open. Players can also invite their friends to join their world or a group of friends can use a Realm to create a 24/7 server that all invited players can use at any time. Realms cost $8 a month, so make sure you’ll be playing enough to support this option. 

Playing cross-platform on Minecraft is easy. Just remember the Bedrock edition is required and discuss with your friends if one player will host the world or if Minecraft Realms is the better option for your group.