Minecraft is available on all platforms where you can play a game. This includes desktop platforms, mobile platforms, game consoles including the Nintendo Switch. Across all of these platforms, the game goes by the same name: Minecraft. On the Windows platform, however, you’ll find that Minecraft is often referenced in one of two ways; Java or Bedrock.
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Microsoft owns Minecraft but did not develop the original game. It was originally a Java based game on desktop platforms. Once Microsoft bought the game, it developed the UWP version of Minecraft. This UWP version of Minecraft is different from the Java version and is called the Bedrock Minecraft version.
The Minecraft Bedrock version is different from the Java version and if you buy it, you should keep the following in mind.
- The Minecraft Bedrock version costs the same as the Java version. It is neither cheaper nor more expensive than the other.
- There is only the Bedrock Minecraft version available in the Microsoft Store.
- The Bedrock version is generally considered to be more ‘buggy’ especially in terms of mob spawning rates.
- Both the Bedrock version and the Java version receive side – by – side updates. The Cliffs and Caves update, for example, was released to both at the same time.
- There are small, almost insignificant differences in how selected blocks and mobs behave between the two.
- More players who play on Java outnumber those who play the Bedrock version and to that end, most tools for Minecraft such as skins, utilities, shaders, etc., are developed for the Java version. The Bedrock version has similar features in the Market.
- The Bedrock version supports the best version of overplay on Minecraft.
- The Bedrock version has native administrator support while the Java version does not.
- If you want to create large buildings, you will not find many tools that work with the Bedrock version.
- The gameplay on the Bedrock version matches that on the Java version.
Which version of Minecraft should you buy?
If you want to play Minecraft on Windows 10, you may not be sure which version is right for you. The gameplay offered is almost identical on both versions. For a closer look at the differences between the two, the ones that will help inform the decision to buy the game, take a look at our detailed analysis of both versions. Minecraft has a bit too tips to help you choose between the two.
Bedrock’s Minecraft is a slightly confusing name as Bedrock is also the name of the last or final level in the world. If you’ve been playing Java for years and suddenly hear the term Minecraft Bedrock, you may not be connected to your Windows 10 version.
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