After Minecraft for PlayStation 4 received a Bedrock update, the owners of this console were finally able to play with users of other platforms thanks to the crossplay. The game’s ecosystem is beginning to take the form that the developers had planned for a long time.
However, even in spite of the fact that now all Minecraft editions for the current generation platforms are in the same family, there is still confusion among the versions of the game. For example, Minecraft for 3DS (yes, there is one as well) is developed separately from the rest, and there are two parallel versions on the PC.
We have written a manual about all the existing Minecraft editions, as well as their differences.
What are the versions of the game
Minecraft: Java Edition
Platforms: PC (Windows, Mac, Linux, Ubuntu)
Where to buy: minecraft.net
Java Edition is the same Minecraft that Marcus Persson originally started developing in 2009. We can say that it is a “flagship” edition, supported by the developers in the first place – even though it is played by fewer people.
All innovations and updates appear first on Java Edition, and then on consoles and mobile phones.
All variety of free user updatings, textures-packs and skins exists here.
The majority of servers (both licensed and pirated) work on Java Edition.
At desire in the official client, it is possible to establish any of ever published in open access versions – up to Indev (in development – in working out) ten years ago.
No crossplay with all other platforms and versions.
It is important to note that Java Edition is one of the two versions available on a PC. The differences between the second edition and Java will be described below.
Minecraft: Bedrock Edition
Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows 10 Mobile, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10 and some others.
Where to buy: in platform stores.
In fact, Bedrock Edition is not a port, but a newly developed game. It was created on a different architecture (C++ instead of Java) for easy migration to other platforms.
For a long time, mobile and console versions existed and developed separately until 2018, when Bedrock was updated.
Crossplay between all the platforms in the family.
The ability to play in one save between different platforms – thanks to a paid subscription Realms.
Marketplace: A shop where you can buy custom cards, skins and official sets of themed texture packs (e.g. textures and skins from Skyrim or Nintendo games) for real money.
There are almost no mods, and not at all on consoles.
Can’t cross-play with Java Edition.
There is no way to draw your own skins and place them for free. However, soon the character editor will appear in Bedrock.
The system of dedicated servers is still in the testing mode – it lacks many functions from the Java Edition toolkit.
Which version for Windows 10 is better
It depends on what is required – as all the features of Java Edition are present in Windows 10 Edition. Though up to the last updates come a little bit longer.
If it is important for you to transfer progress between platforms, then, of course, it is necessary to choose Windows 10 Edition – there is no other way to transfer the game card from PC to smartphones.
However, in this case, you will not be able to put fashion, go to PC servers and do everything that Java Edition was available since the time of alpha- and beta-testing.
Also from the small advantages of Windows 10 Edition, it is necessary to allocate that it supports the management of the controller with Xbox One, and also less slows down – because that works on C++, instead of on Java.
Important point: Windows 10 Edition will not run on Xbox One, and vice versa. It needs to be bought separately.
What other versions are there to know
- Legacy Console Edition. Includes versions that are no longer updated for PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360 and Wii U. However, they stopped supporting them just a year and a half ago, so all the features of the penultimate major update, Aquatic Update, are included.
- New Nintendo 3DS Edition. This is the port for Minecraft mobile versions before they were included in the Bedrock range – so there’s no update for the last two or three years. Its support stopped at the beginning of 2019.
- China Edition. The official port for the Chinese market has no advantages over other editions.
- Pi Edition. Free edition for Raspberry Pi single-board computer based on old mobile versions. There is no “Survival” mode, and many features are cut off.
- Education Edition. A publication designed for use in education. There is no typical Minecraft gameplay in it.