Minecraft Realms is a big deal announcement for the game and company. Mojang and Microsoft are set to offer a subscription-based server hosting service for Minecraft players, and it will allow Windows 10, Windows Phone, iPhone and Android users to play together, too.
Minecraft Realms will support the Windows 10 edition as well as Minecraft: Pocket Edition. Users will pay $8 a month for their own server (whether they turn it private or public), and that will be hosted by Microsoft and Mojang. One source said that users will pay $8 a month; however, Microsoft has reached out and clarified that no price point has been announced yet. Those details will come “as we get closer to official release.”
The servers will be updated, and they will allow for cross-play between Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta users. The servers will be called Minecraft Realms.
This whole thing is in alpha right now, and it’s only available to Android users. The alpha is free. You can sign up for the alpha here, but you will need an Xbox gamertag. It does not need to be tied to a Gold account, though.
Microsoft issued a large Question & Answer guide with this release. We put it in the press release button below.