The popularity of Minecraft has continued to grow from strength to strength. There are now several Minecraft editions to choose from. From what began as a game only for PC gamers has developed to reach a broader audience and is now available across different consoles and mobile devices too. Want to know what Minecraft Edition is best for you?
Whether you want to play on your phone when you are out and about or only want to play it in the comfort of your own home, there is a version of Minecraft for you. Here we discuss the pros and cons of each to help you choose.
Minecraft PC Edition
The PC edition is also referred to as the Java version and is where the phenomenon started. The Java Edition is the most open-sourced option for users, making it the best choice for modders and for those who prefer PC gaming.
Many of the players who use the Java Edition have been playing the game since Minecraft originated. The PC Edition brings with it the largest Minecraft community. People have mastered this edition which has led to a wealth of resources available for new starters. From creating new mods and mini-games to developing resources to share with others, the community you get with this edition is amazing.
The benefits of this version are that players get to enjoy the original version. Because it has been established for the longest of all versions, players can enjoy third party mobs, have access to third-party resources and skins and be part of an established community. However, Minecraft newbies can find this version slightly overwhelming and the parental controls are limited.
Minecraft Windows 10 Edition
When Microsoft purchased Minecraft creators, Mojang, it was inevitable that a new Minecraft version would be on the horizon. This version brings the world of Minecraft to Microsoft’s Xbox consoles. Although the original game was not really made to be converted from Java and therefore some of the content and features were subsequently lost, although the new version brought in many more players.
The Windows 10 Version also introduced Minecraft Realms; an official subscription-based service that lets players create and manage their own private Minecraft servers.
Players can benefit from better quality graphics and controller support and the parental controls are easier to implement. However, players cannot connect to third-party servers and multiplayer options are available by invite only.
The Window 10 version is also limited to Windows Operating Systems only.
Minecraft Pocket Edition (Mobile Edition)
It was inevitable that Minecraft would become mobile friendly for those who like to play on the go. Now that the game is available in a more compact form it has reached a new audience and is now available across iOS, android and windows phones.
The mobile edition comes complete with access to Minecraft Realms, in-app purchases, multiplayer options and easy parental control. It also has the major benefit of being able to interact with the Windows 10 Edition.
A new feature does enable to the game to be supported by Samsung VR headsets, which allow players to be immersed in the world of Minecraft using virtual reality.
However, the mobile edition does not have access to third party mods, multiplayer is invite-only and you cannot connect to third-party servers.
Ultimately, which version you play depends on which gaming device you prefer. If you are looking to play a game on your commute then the mobile Pocket Edition would be perfect for you. Alternatively, if you only have time to play the game when you are at home, consider the PC or Microsoft Editions.
There are many ways to explore the world of Minecraft. They each have their advantages and limitations. However, at the end of the day, you are not restricted to just playing one version!
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