Can anyone please suggest the best and/or most cost efficient way to play split screen Minecraft online, between 2 houses (i.e. 6-8 players at 2 locations), in a private world? The motivation here is to play with kids on a big tv together.
It looks to me like the only way may be to use W10/bedrock edition Minecraft, on Xbox with a single Xbox Live Gold subscription per console (i.e. 2 total). It also looks like I may need a single Minecraft Realms Plus subscription (i.e. 1 total) to allow a private online world.
I looked at PS4 but I read that perhaps an XBox Live subscription is still needed (purely to enable Minecraft split screen online).
Other consoles perhaps but it isn't clear, and there seem to be a few other editions of console specific Minecraft which may be less supported/futureproof than the W10/bedrock edition.
Am I missing something? Is Minecraft W10/bedrock edition on XBox + Gold + Realms (i.e. ongoing subscriptions to two different services) truly the only way to do this effectively?
A factor is also availability of other multiplayer games etc for young kids, but this is a minor factor.
Thanks to any who can offer advice/comments.