In short: Minecraft is one of the most popular and affordable games in the world. It’s available on just about every platform you can think of, from mobile devices to PCs to consoles, and comes in two different flavors: Bedrock Edition and Java Edition. Both versions will soon be available in a single package.
The Java Edition is geared more towards hardcore gamers looking to customize and modify their experience to their liking, with the same classic user interface that the game has offered for a decade.
Bedrock Edition, on the other hand, is aimed at the average user. It offers paid skins, worlds, and even ray tracing – you can get similar content in the Java version of Minecraft, but this usually requires extra effort on the part of the user. Bedrock Edition also supports full cross-platform cross-play, making it more appealing to those with friends who play on console or mobile.
Due to the different audiences, there has always been a rift between Bedrock and Java Editions of Minecraft. However, November 2 will come and this will change to some extent. On this day, both versions will finally appear in Game Pass for PC under the name “Minecraft PC Bundle”.
This is pretty big news for Minecraft fans. So far, despite the fact that Microsoft owns both Game Pass and In the name of the block building, the latter, oddly enough, is absent in the first. It wasn’t hard to change that, but Microsoft did its best to offer both versions of the game in one cohesive package.
Both titles will be available through the new Minecraft unified launcher, which will allow you to switch between them at will.
Microsoft’s official announcement also mentions cross-play, which seems to imply that Java and Bedrock Edition players can finally play together. However, the wording is vague enough, so we cannot say for sure – we will contact the Minecraft team to confirm.
If you don’t have a Game Pass subscription yet, it’s worth checking out. On the first day, you’ll often find brand new PC games there, and Microsoft tends to run lengthy free trials for new users (cumulatively, I got about six months of free subscription).
Existing Game Pass customers can start preloading Minecraft through the platform now.