While just about every version of Minecraft will soon support cross-platform play, that’s not the case with the PlayStation, Java and Wii U versions of the title, a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon.
“The original Java PC version and all other isolated versions will have ‘Edition’ names, like Minecraft: Wii U Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition,” the spokesperson said. “Further, we are still in discussions with Sony about PlayStation and have nothing to confirm at this point. We would love to work with Sony to bring players on PlayStation 4 into our united ecosystem as well.”
We’ve reached out to PlayStation for comment and will update this post when they respond.
Both the Java and Wii U editions of the game will continue to receive updates, Microsoft said.
The other versions -- Android, iOS, Amazon Fire OS, Windows 10 PC, Gear VR, Oculus Rift, Apple TV, Windows 10 Phone, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch — will simply be called Minecraft in the future.
Microsoft also explained how and when the updates will hit.
Anyone playing the game on Windows 10, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and VR devices will be able to play online together. If you own Minecraft for your mobile or VR device, you'll get this as a free update this summer. If you own Minecraft: Xbox One Edition or Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, you’ll receive the brand new version of Minecraft for free, and your existing worlds and DLC will come along to the new version with you. What’s more, any DLC you purchase will be accessible amongst the various devices at no extra charge. (For example: if you buy the Greek Mythology pack on Nintendo Switch, you’ll also own it on the mobile, Xbox One and Windows 10 Editions too - no extra charge)
Microsoft also announced that the new cross-platform version of the game will have a server browser built into the game’s start menu and that the game will be launching with four servers: Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and CubeCraft.