Microsoft Unveils New Windows 10 S Devices

Microsoft Unveils New Windows 10 S Devices

At the Ignite customer conference in Orlando, Microsoft unveiled a new set of Windows 10 S devices. As you may recall, Windows 10 S is a slimmed down version of Windows 10 S that only supports apps from the Microsoft Store.

The new devices include:

HP Stream 14 Pro – 14” Ultraslim – $275 – Available October 2017

Acer Aspire 1 – 14” Ultraslim – $299 – Available Q4 2017

Acer Swift 1 – 13” Ultraslim – $349 – Available Q4 2017

Lenovo V330 – 14” Ultraslim – $349 – Available February 2018

Minecraft Cross-Platform Update Arrives

The Minecraft Better Together update launched last week. This allows players on Windows 10, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. And Mojang plans to bring this version to the Nintendo Switch this winter also.

β€œGoing forward, the Bedrock Engine-based version of Minecraft will be called simply Minecraft on all platforms. Our general rule of thumb is that if a version can play together with the others, it’s called Minecraft. The original Java PC version and all other isolated versions will have β€˜Edition’ names, like Minecraft: Wii U Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition,” said Mojang in an FAQ.

However, there are no plans to release the Better Together update to the New Nintendo 3DS version of Minecraft yet. Nor does Sony support cross-platform play on Minecraft on its consoles.

The Better Together update also brings Minecraft Marketplace purchases to consoles for the first time. Originally, this content was exclusive to the Pocket Edition and Windows 10 Edition of Minecraft. Items purchased through one of the platforms can be used on the others via Xbox Live.

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What about 4K and HDR support? That feature is expected to arrive on Minecraft later this fall.

You can upgrade to the Better Together update if you own a digital copy of the game. If you have the Xbox One version of the game, then you need to have played at least 5 hours of the game in the last 12 months (or must have purchased an add-on for the game) to get the update. Mojang created that rule to ensure that the account is real. Owners of the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition physical copy have until January 30, 2018 to meet those requirements.