Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Minecraft getting five-player, cross-platform multiplayer

Minecraft is getting five-player, cross-platform multiplayer, in one of the game’s most significant updates.

Microsoft has just announced a major update for Minecraft, known as version 0.12.1 or the Minecraft multiplayer update.

“The upcoming 0.12.1 update is, in a word, awesome,” explained Microsoft in a blog post.

The update will allow up to five players to play co-operatively in a single game provided they are on the same network.

Plus, this multiplayer is also cross-platform compatible, meaning players on the Windows 10 Beta version and Minecraft: Pocket Edition can join up.

Anyone playing exclusively on the Windows 10 beta, five players will also be able to play co-operatively online together, freeing them from the same-network restrictions on the Pocket Edition.

Related: Best PC Games 2015

“This is also the biggest update for Minecraft: Pocket Edition to date, bringing a host of highly-requested catch-up features for mobile players,” added Microsoft.

“For starters, you’ll get to enjoy revamped touch controls, controller support, and the controller mapping screen. You’ll also be treated to the same enhanced weather effects that Windows 10 Edition Betaplayers have received, including snow accumulation and directional rain.”

“And in addition to plenty of new goodies to build and potions to brew, you’ll now be able to encounter golems and ocelots, and even explore the Nether. Finally, this update brings the ability to sneak and sprint in Pocket Edition.

There’s no word on when Minecraft 0.12.1 update will arrive, but we’ll keep you posted.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.