The Minecraft Java & Bedrock Edition just came out for PC.
Minecraft has had a split PC community for a while now. The original game was built using Java. Thus that version of the game is known as Minecraft Java Edition. It was only released on PC, Mac, and Linux.
Meanwhile, there’s the Minecraft Bedrock Edition, which is supported on PC, consoles, and mobile. Specifically, it supports Windows 10 and 11, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Fire OS/TV, Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and Samsung Gear VR.
Advantages and disadvantages
The Bedrock Edition supports crossplay between different platforms while the Java Edition does not. In fact, PC players cannot even play with each other across the Java Edition and the Bedrock Edition. That’s because they use different servers.
That’s not to say that the Java Edition is obsolete. It has some features that the Bedrock Edition lacks. The Java Edition is particularly popular with modders as it is highly customizable. The Bedrock Edition relies on the centralized and moderated Minecraft Marketplace.
Minecraft Java & Bedrock Edition Bundle
The new Minecraft Java & Bedrock Edition Bundle includes both the Java Edition and Bedrock Edition in a single package. In fact, there’s one unified game launcher, making it easier than ever to go from one edition to the other. The bundle retails for $29.99. It is also included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Now that you know the differences between the two editions, you can choose the one that’s right for you. Or thanks to the new bundle, you can play both versions!