The Java and Bedrock editions of Minecraft will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on PC this November, making the game playable on more platforms.
Xbox Game Pass subscribers will soon get the chance to experience Minecraft‘s Bedrock and Java editions on PC. This means that players will be able to download and play the game on platforms that support Java as well as those that do not.
Known as one of the best-selling games of all time, Minecraft has certainly had a storied history, cultivating dedicated fanbases both on PC and on consoles. The game first launched on Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux back in 2011 and has been a phenomenon ever since. Minecraft made its way onto consoles and mobile devices not long after, further increasing its massive player base. Players in Minecraft are given a multitude of different tools to survive against enemies and to exercise their creativity, allowing for ingenious creations like an impressive Minecraft map room with a glass floor. While the game was initially coded in Java, it has since been redesigned with the general-purpose programming language C++, making it playable on different platforms.
Gamers who have been putting off playing Minecraft can now access it on PC through Microsoft’s massively popular Xbox Game Pass, according to a recent update shared during Minecraft Live 2021 on the Minecraft YouTube channel. The update covered a great deal of new content and DLC packs that are getting added to the game, and also announced that both the Java and Bedrock editions would become accessible through the popular subscription service. Anyone with a valid Xbox Game Pass membership can download these versions of the game this November.
Minecraft is owned by Microsoft, and the company has been making efforts to integrate the title into its broader gaming ecosystem, as evidenced by last year’s decision to make Microsoft accounts mandatory for Minecraft Java players. By making these editions of the game playable through Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft is demonstrating a further commitment to the title and a desire to get it into the hands of even more players. Since the game has already been playable on Game Pass for Xbox for a while now, subscribers with the right hardware will now have multiple different options when it comes to what platform to play on.
Microsoft’s continued broadening of Xbox Game Pass should please anyone subscribed to the service, as more and more games are becoming playable at a very low price point. Hardware limitations are also becoming less of an issue thanks to the company’s xCloud initiative, which will be a boon in the competition between Game Pass and PlayStation Now. Streaming services notwithstanding, the addition of these versions of Minecraft to Xbox Game Pass will open the doors to great experiences for those unfamiliar with the game.
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Minecraft is currently available on all platforms.
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