UPDATE: We’ll be updating this article with all the new changes, fixes and features the beta gets as it gets them! Players on certain Minecraft platforms have Phase One of the Update Aquatic now — read more about that here. From today, if you’re playing Minecraft on Minecraft beta update, Windows 10 or Xbox One, you can try a beta of the Bedrock Update Aquatic!

It’ll be launching on these platforms throughout the day so keep checking! First, download the beta for your chosen platform, using this handy guide. As with all betas, please be sure to back-up your worlds before playing them on a beta build. Remember that beta builds can cause unexpected things to happen in your game, so protect your worlds by always making a backup! Beta players also do not have access to Minecraft Realms and cannot join the games of players who are not on the beta, or have players not on the beta join their worlds. Once you’ve downloaded the beta, you’ll need to go into Game Settings. You’ll see an option to Use Experimental Gameplay.

Look, it’s the ‘Use Experimental Gameplay’ option! If you’re OK with some unstable features, select ‘continue’ and you’re done! Enabling this will allow you to test some of the new, not-yet-fully-released features from the Update Aquatic while keeping them safely inside a world file of their own. But if you do choose to select this ‘Use Experimental Gameplay’ option in one of your existing worlds, it creates a new version of this world with ‘EX’ at the beginning of the name.

You can always go back to the original version of that world. Enjoy trying out those new Update Aquatic features! Shall we end on the changelog and a gallery of screenshots of what you can expect to find in the beta? Or shall we end on a poem I wrote about how much I like cobblestone? Experimental Gameplay A handful of features from Update Aquatic have been added to the beta via Experimental Gameplay. These features are incomplete and are not representative of final gameplay but feedback is absolutely welcome! Tell us what you think about this beta by tapping on the Feedback button in the main menu or joining the official Minecraft Discord at discord.

The Better Together Update is here! Play the new Minecraft on Xbox, mobile, VR and Windows 10 today! The big day is finally here! It’s probably the most significant update we’ve made in Minecraft’s recent history — we’re releasing a new version of the game that lets players on Xbox, mobile, VR and Windows 10 play together!

It lets you access oodles of player-made goodness on Marketplace! It lets you take that Marketplace goodness from one device to another! And that’s just the stuff we’re doing on top of the core game itself. This new version of Minecraft also introduces the supported platforms to parrots, banners, armour stands, stained glass, fireworks, new world start options, new game rules, host options, the recipe book and loads, loads more. We’ve got loads more cool stuff to show you with this new version of Minecraft — for example, did you know you can share invite links to Realms now? Except on Xbox One — we’ll be getting that working in the very near future.

You can get this fancypants new version of Minecraft for free if you already own an edition of Minecraft for Xbox One, and you’ll get the Better Together Update automagically on Android, iOS and Windows 10. If you own the Xbox One Edition of the game on disc, be prepared for a short wait before your free download of the new Minecraft is available — we’ll work as fast as we can, but it may take a day or two to process all the requests! We’re still working on getting this new version of Minecraft ready for players on Nintendo Switch. We want to make sure that everything is ready to bring this platform onboard, and there’s a lot of work to do to make that happen. After all, no one has ever done anything like this before in the history of gaming. We expect to be ready with the free Better Together Update on Switch this winter. Got questions about how this update works, how to get it, what it means for you or what happens to your old stuff?