Minecraft‘s Better Together update, which unites all supported platforms with one cross-play enabled version of the game, is rolling out in beta form as we speak. PC and Android betas have already begun, with the Xbox One beta soon to follow. Yet PlayStation 4 Minecraft players are, for the foreseeable future, stuck on a console island. There are currently no plans to bring Minecraft‘s cross-platform update to the PlayStation 4, but Microsoft says it’s ready and willing to work with Sony anytime.
Microsoft’s comments on the lack of PlayStation 4 support for Minecraft‘s Better Together update can be found within a FAQ published last week. Here is what Microsoft has to say on the matter:
“… we are still in discussions with Sony about PlayStation and have nothing to confirm. We would love to work with Sony to bring players on PlayStation 4 into this ecosystem as well.”
In the same comment, Microsoft re-confirmed that Minecraft‘s Better Together update will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch. A release window isn’t mentioned but it can be assumed that Better Together development will be prioritized for Xbox One before attention shifts to the Nintendo Switch.
Back in June when the cross-play update for Minecraft was first announced, Microsoft made it very clear that Sony specifically refused to take part. Fans have kept the faith that things might change ever since, and Microsoft seems ready to make it happen. If Microsoft is being truthful, it all depends on Sony’s willingness to come to the table. The PlayStation 4 company doesn’t appear ready to take that step yet, but Minecraft fans remain hopeful.
Just because Sony has declined Microsoft’s offer to enable Minecraft cross-platform play doesn’t mean that Microsoft is done updating the game on PlayStation 4, however. Much of the Better Together update apart from cross-play will be released in the future. That includes content like stained glass, parrots, and coarse dirt, among other technical changes. That said, not having the cross-platform play may limit some content from coming to the platform in the future depending on technical limitations.
Microsoft will continue to focus on the Better Together update for currently supported platforms in the interim. As noted, the Better Together beta is already available for Windows 10 and Android Minecraft players, with an Xbox One version of the beta coming soon. Not all features will be included with the beta, but they will be rolled out as Microsoft quashes any bugs in the system. The beta is only available for those with digital versions of Minecraft.
Minecraft is currently available on mobile devices, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.