Shortly after the release of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, one of the main features everyone wanted was some sort of server service where players could join up and play together, just like the PC version of Minecraft. This was to be Minecraft Realms, which was going to be hosted by Mojang themselves. Of course players of the PC version could always set up their own servers and a lot of players did. However getting that done for Minecraft: Pocket Edition was nowhere as easy, although with the launch of PocketMine it did become easier for sure.
Mojang did launch a beta for Minecraft Realms but for PC, with the mobile version having been in development for over 2 years. Well it finally looks like it is going to be released soon in full as today Mojang has launched the Alpha test version of Minecraft Realms for Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition.
If you have the full version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition installed, you can sign-up and enter the Alpha testing of Minecraft Realms for it. What’s interesting about this, besides the fact it is actually available now, that it is free to join the Alpha testing for Minecraft: Pocket Edition owners. So it is basically like an open beta, but being in Alpha status instead. To have your own server though, you’ll need to pay $7.99 a month.
If you’re not familiar with what Minecraft Realms is, basically this is a service where players can host their own private server that friends and families can join and play together on. These act just like any normal Minecraft server in that they are always online and always available to be played on. Someone hosting a Minecraft Realm server has to approve who can join it.
This is an Alpha version of Minecraft Realms, so there may be some bugs. When it fully launches in the near future, Minecraft Realms will support cross-platform play between the iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 10 editions of Minecraft. You will need an Xbox Live login in order to use Minecraft Realms on any platform. As you are probably guessing, we will be setting up our own server for our readers to play on and test out. We will post an update once that becomes available later today.
Google Play: Minecraft Realms Alpha