In addition to the cross-platform play support in Minecraft, Microsoft is today announcing the launch of the Minecraft Realms service for Pocket Edition, Gear VR Edition and the Windows 10 Edition beta.
Realms lets you host worlds in the cloud, which can only be accessed by folks that you invite. And, it offers up to 11 players to play simultaneously, which is over twice what we were able to offer before. Minecraft Realms and Xbox Live make it easier than ever to do this. And, because the worlds are persistent, your friends can keep building away, even when you’re not online. No more disconnects because the hosting player had to respond to a text or head offline to eat dinner! Realms also offers you the ability to access your world from multiple devices – start exploring on your phone while you’re out on Wi-fi and switch over to your Windows 10 PC or tablet when you get home.
Microsoft is offering a free 30-day trial of Realms on mobile and Windows 10 to everyone with an Xbox Live account.