What version of Minecraft do I have

Minecraft: Java, Bedrock, Windows - All versions & their differences explained

We solve the confusion surrounding the different versions of Minecraft.

Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world and has appeared for most modern platforms. For the PC even in several different versions. Of course, this raises a number of questions that we want to answer at this point.

How can you play Minecraft?

Minecraft comes in two major different versions on PC. Mainly, a distinction is made between the Java and the Bedrock version. Both are not compatible with each other. Worlds created in the Java version do not run with the Bedrock version, for example.

Minecraft Java delivers that

It all began with the Java version for macOS, Windows and Linux. On May 17, 2009, it was opened to the general public for the first time.

  • Platforms: macOS, Linux, Windows
  • Account: The Java version will also require a Microsoft account from 2021
  • Crossplay: There is no cross-play with other versions of Minecraft
  • Mods: The Java version supports mods, but not addons
  • World size: 60 million * 60 million blocks

Special features of the Java version

  • Hardcore mode (you are not allowed to respawn after death)
  • Spectator mode
  • More combat features (blocking with sword, attack cooldown)
  • Higher build limit
  • The world just stops at its end.
  • More options for the world generation ("Amplified Worlds", "Large Biomes")

How do you play the Java version?

  • Log in to the official Minecraft website
  • Here you can buy and download the Java version, alternatively there is a free demo
  • Open the downloaded file called MinecraftInstaller.msi and follow the instructions
  • Starts the Minecraft Launcher
  • Select the Minecraft: Java Edition here and click on Play

How to test the latest version: New content for the Java version is tested with so-called snapshots before the official release. We'll explain to you in a guide how you can try them out.

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Minecraft Bedrock delivers that

The Bedrock version of Minecraft once started as a Pocket Edition for Android and a little later iOS. Instead of using Java, it was developed using the C ++ programming language. Since September 20, 2017, the previously independent version for Windows 10 has also been updated to the Bedrock Edition. It also appeared for consoles.

  • Platforms: Windows 10, Android, iOS, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Account: Requires a Microsoft account
  • Crossplay: Supports crossplay between all platforms
  • Mods: The Bedrock version is not modifiable, but it does support addons
  • World size: 25,101,648 * 25,101,648 blocks

Special features of the Bedrock version

  • RTX compatible
  • Less lag and better performance
  • Far Lands: You can still see blocks at the end of the world, but you cannot move more than + -30 million blocks
  • Parental controls: Access to the multiplayer mode can be blocked via the account

How do you play the Bedrock version?

You only have to buy and download the Bedrock version in the respective store of your desired platform. Regardless of which system you play with, you need a Microsoft account if you want to use the crossplay feature.

How to test the latest version: For the Bedrock version of Minecraft, Microsoft is releasing beta versions with upcoming content. Every buyer of the game has access to this. We explain how you can take part in the tests:

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This is what Minecraft: Education Edition delivers

Aside from the Java and Bedrock versions, there is also a special Education Edition. This is also based on the Bedrock version, but was specially developed for educational institutions such as schools. Accordingly, it has features that simplify collaboration in a classroom, for example.

  • Platforms: macOS, Windows 10, Android, iPadOS, Chrome OS
  • Account: Requires an Office 365 Education Account

How do you play the Education Edition?

  • The Education Edition can only be purchased by schools, teachers, libraries or museums. It costs a little more than 4 euros a year per user.
  • You can download the Education Edition from the game's website
  • Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions
  • After starting the game, you have to log in with your Office 365 Education account

Old versions of Minecraft

Minecraft Java and Bedrock are the two versions of the game that are still relevant these days. Over time, however, there have been numerous other offshoots that are no longer officially developed. However, you can still play it.

  • Console Editions for the Xbox 360, PS3, PSVita and Wii U
  • Minecraft: Raspberry Pi Edition
  • Minecraft Classic in the browser (an old and free Java version)

Is Minecraft on Steam?

Minecraft never appeared on Steam and cannot be downloaded or played through Valve's platform. The sandbox title is only available on the PC using the methods presented here.

The Minecraft spin-offs

There are a number of offshoots of the game that have nothing to do with the original Minecraft and have their own gameplay. A total of three other titles in the Minecraft universe have appeared by 2021.

  • Minecraft: Story Mode: An eight-episode point-and-click adventure game.
  • Minecraft Earth: An augmented reality game for Android and iOS. Ends June 30, 2021.
  • Minecraft Dungeons: A Diablo or Path of Exile style action RPG.
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