After Microsoft has purchased Mojang, many Minecraft players were worried that the game available on rival platforms will no longer receive proper attention and updates, but the new owner proved that everything’s possible with a little bit of ambition and correctitude. Soon, mobile users will be able to access “Minecraft Realms”, which is different from Minecraft Pocket Edition or Minecraft Windows 10 Edition, as it’s an online service with better offline features.
Minecraft Realms has been around since 2014 for PC and Mac, but this online service will be available for Android and iOS, as well. The PC and Mac versions allow up to 200 people to use Minecraft Realms and store their worlds on Microsoft’s servers. However, not everyone gets approved to access that world, as there could be hostile players messing around. Once players get approved, they are able to export their worlds to another device and online play will become more fun.
PC and Mac players of Minecraft Pocket Edition and Minecraft Windows 10 Edition (premium versions) who want access to Minecraft Realms need to pay $7.99 a month, or $26.99 for three months and $47.99 for six months.
Minecraft Realms is now in beta and everyone who owns an Android-powered device can sign up for free, without needing an Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to participate. The syncing for the mobile versions will be possible thanks to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, so players will need to create a free Xbox Live account. It isn’t sure how much Realms will really cost gamers when it will be finally available for mobile devices, but for now, in beta form is free. However, “We have to keep the servers running 24/7, so Minecraft Realms is a paid service,” Mojang has specified.
It’s known that the mobile versions of Minecraft cost $6.99 and the Windows 10 version is sold for $10, but it’s in beta testing form.