The Better Together Update is an update to Pocket Edition, Windows 10 Edition, Gear VR Edition, Fire TV Edition, and a new version of the game on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4. It was released for Pocket Edition as version 1.2.0, and as a new, separate version of Minecraft for the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4, known as the Bedrock Edition. Beta testing for the update for Android & Windows 10 began on July 31, 2017 and for Xbox One on August 24, 2017. It was submitted to certification for 9 of the 10 platforms on September 15, 2017. It was released on September 20, 2017 for mobile devices, Windows 10, Gear VR, Fire TV, and on Xbox One in the form of Bedrock Edition. Bedrock Edition on Nintendo Switch released on June 21, 2018, both digitally and physically.Bedrock Edition on PlayStation 4 released on December 10, 2019. Eventually, Pocket Edition for Windows phones was discontinued after the official release of the Better Together Update on September 20, 2017.
The official name for the update, the Better Together Update, aims to merge multiple platforms under a single version of Minecraft, reflecting the addition of cross-platform compatibility between mobile devices, Windows 10, Gear VR, Fire TV, and the port releases on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.