On November 2, the world’s favorite sandbox survival game will be made free for owners of Xbox Game Pass PC (or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate). And it doesn’t stop there, as the PC bundle includes both the incredibly popular Java edition and the cross-play compatible Bedrock edition, which means you can mine and create with your friends in more ways. than ever before.
Minecraft PC Pack for Xbox Game Pass
While the Minecraft Bedrock Edition has been available on Xbox Game Pass for console for quite some time now, we haven’t had access to the PC versions of the game, including the PC-exclusive Java Edition. This all changes from November 2, completing the (current) Minecraft roster. Now all Minecraft games, including Dungeons, are available to all Xbox Game Pass subscribers on Windows 10 and 11.
But what is the difference between Java and Bedrock and why are they different? What does one of them mean to you? And does that mean you’ll be able to play all of the new and upcoming updates to Minecraft? Let’s dig in the dirt and find out.
Minecraft Bedrock Edition
Minecraft Bedrock Edition is the console version of the game and is also playable on Windows 10 and 11 PCs (also known as Windows 10 edition). This edition was born when Microsoft combined the Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation editions of the game into one.
The Minecraft Marketplace is exclusive to the Bedrock Edition and is an in-game store where you can purchase maps, texture packs, and skins created by content creators around the world. As these are mostly paid items, you can support the wider Minecraft community by purchasing these add-ons.
Over the years, some stuff has been added to Bedrock at a different time, and even with different mechanics, in Java. This means that you might find slight inconsistencies in the gameplay when playing between the two.
Minecraft Java Edition
The Minecraft Java Edition is the PC-only version of the game. While Bedrock can also be played on PC, there are still some minor differences between Java and Bedrock, including the combat system, some crafting recipes, and other mechanics. of game.
While you cannot access the Marketplace from the Java edition, you can download texture packs and maps from reputable Minecraft content creators. However, this carries a bit more risk than the Marketplace and does not support creators in the same way as the Marketplace. Make sure you trust the source before downloading anything for Minecraft. However, keep in mind that many trusted Marketplace creators started out this way, so you might discover the next generation of Minecraft map makers!
The Java edition is not compatible, but you can play with hundreds of other miners and craftsmen on a dedicated server. You can either start a small server with your closest friends, called a kingdom, and available with an in-game purchase, or join a huge global community of Minecraft players in one of the many Minecraft servers available.
Access everything from the Minecraft launcher
With the PC pack, you’ll be able to access Minecraft’s Bedrock and Java editions, as well as Minecraft dungeons, from one all-inclusive launcher. This means it’s easy to get in and out of each version as you play.
Minecraft cross play
Due to their different development, Bedrock and Java are completely separate entities and therefore cross play is not possible between them. They also don’t always have the same content at the same time, but parity between the two games is now a top priority for Mojang Studios, with recent and upcoming updates happening together.
Cross-play is however possible on different platforms on which Bedrock is played. For example, you can play Bedrock Edition on your Windows PC while your friend is playing with you on PlayStation, Xbox, or Switch. To play with your friends, you will need to buy a kingdom.
Updates for Minecraft Caves and Cliffs and the Wild
Minecraft receives a huge new update every year, and the Caves and Cliffs Part 2 and Wild updates will both arrive within the next 12 months. Both are extremely exciting – and game-changing – updates to Minecraft as we know it. Both the Java and Bedrock editions will receive the updates at the same time, so you’ll be able to access all the new features as soon as they arrive, no matter which version of the game you play the most!