So I'm thinking of getting a console to play minecraft with my friends. So far, my friends have ps4 and play minecraft like that, but I don't really wanna spend the money to get a ps4. I have an old xbox 360 that still works and I can get minecraft on that, but would I be able to play with my friends on the ps4 if I have the xbox360 version of minecraft? I know they recently updated minecraft to the bedrock edition, so we can play cross platform, but does that still stand for an older model of the xbox?
Sadly the XBox360 Version of Minecraft was a standalone title not compatible with any other Version of the game.
To explain the Version stuff: There is no "upgrading" to bedrock. Minecraft in essence is a name given to 3 seperate games:
the original Java Edition of the game which is only available on PC
Bedrock Edition a completely different code written in C++ which is performance optimized for the in general weaker Mobile phones (This is the Edition that comes to all Mobile Devices, most modern consoles). This Version is as far as I know the same as the Windows 10 edition [here originated most of the confusion between bedrock and Java]
each earlier console (XBox 360, PS3 and Wii) had a Version on its own and neither of them was cross-plattform compatible
Unless you are playing the SAME EDITION you cannot play together with others. Meaning you should be able to play with the PS4 community with your mobile phone or tablet, since both devices mainly operate on the bedrock edition.
I am quite sure that this list is not complete, so please enlighten me so I can update.
Also check out this question.