You probably know by now that Microsoft has announced that Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] will become just Minecraft and will have cross-play with all other platforms using the bedrock engine. The other new feature that's been announced is servers coming to mobile, which will greatly expand how you can play the game. In a video and blog post published today, Microsoft offered a few more details on how the servers will work. First a necessary clarification: Realms and Servers are a different thing. Realms are private, cloud-hosted worlds hosted by Microsoft that you have to pay to run. Servers, on the other hand, are community-owned and are open to everyone who wants to join.

The servers will be offering activities like co-op exploration, PvP game modes, competitive builds, and more. I do share the concerns of many that going into a PvP fight against someone with a mouse and keyboard will be most probably a death sentence, but, as you'll hear in the video, the server owners are trying to find modes and ways to play that will level the playing field. Are you interested in joining these servers once they become available later this summer?

  • AlexMilo

    I'm really excited for this. Huge move by Mojang and Microsoft. I mostly play Minecraft on iPad, but if I could start playing the same world on both iPad and Computer I will definitely play more on both platforms. I don't care one bit about the issue regarding keyboard vs controllers vs touch controls. It's not an issue at all, as long as you're aware and understand that you might have a hard time, it's better than the limitations we've been living with for so many years!! For too long have players been confined to their respective platforms, PC, consoles, mobile devices and others, even while playing the same game. Minecraft is the perfect place to unite them all in a shared experience. Exploration, co-op survival and casual games will work perfectly across platforms. We will have to see about PvP, but I wouldn't expect it to be that big of a problem. Again, better than limitations. Let's hope other developers will follow their example, if it's gonna be successful of course 🙂

    • Marvin

      Cross platform is the next huge thing for the gaming world. Too many times I've heard friends talking about owning the same game but they can't play together because of the system. If developers can bridge this gap it'll be great.

  • Captain Clasher

    This is nice, I always wanted to join the PC servers because they look cooler

  • IkedaT

    PC servers are generally run off of someones computer. Realms you pay money for and have FAR less control over. Is there any word if they're removing my ability to maintain my own server? That was the whole reason I hated Mobile/Win10 editions.