Here's How to Become a Beta Tester for Minecraft's Cross-Platform "Better Together" Feature

Here's How to Become a Beta Tester for Minecraft's Cross-Platform "Better Together" Feature

Do your bit to help foster harmony in the Minecraft community.

The news about Stardew Valley's upcoming multiplayer features made today a blessed day for cooperative gaming, but why stop the Good-Feels train? Here's some news about Minecraft's cross-platform "Better Together" update.

Yesterday, the official Minecraft blog issued a call for cross-platform beta testers. Long story short, you'll soon be able to play Minecraft with your friends online regardless of which version of the game they own (except the PlayStation 4 – womp womp), but Mojang needs to do some heavy-duty testing before rolling out the much-anticipated update. If you play Minecraft on a Windows 10-equipped PC or an Android-based mobile device, you can help!

If you find yourself staring down a woman who commands a gang of llamas, it behooves you to choose your next actions carefully.

In return for their brave services beta participants get a sneak-peek at everything planned for the next big update. Some of these new items, tricks, and traps include parrots, stained glass, books and quills, armor stands, coarse dirt (that is, dirt that never grows grass on it), and innumerable tweaks and adjustments.

An Xbox One beta is coming soon. The Nintendo Switch version of the game is also getting cross-platform play, though it currently doesn't look like it'll be part of the beta. The Better Together update is planned for the fall, and Mojang recently published a comprehensive FAQ about the event.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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