Mojang's long awaited private server hosting service for Minecraft is finally available for PC and Mac users.
Starting at $13 a month, Realms is a paid for service that allows people who are interested in hosting a Minecraft server to do so both conveniently and safely. The servers will run 24/7 whether the host is online or not, meaning everyone can participate on the server at any time. Servers are limited to 20 players with only 10 allowed onto the server at once. Data will be backed up often so if some disaster strikes your Minecraft server, loading an earlier world state should be a simple matter.
If $13 seems to be a steep price, there are options for longer subscriptions or recurring payments that bring the cost down a bit.
Though Minecraft recently launched on PS3, Minecraft Realms is currently only available for PC and Mac. Mojang plans to eventually make the service available to players on other systems.