What you need to know
- Minecraft is split between two editions: the classic Java Edition that only exists on PC, and the modern Bedrock Edition that spans every platform.
- The Bedrock Edition has used Microsoft Accounts for cross-save, cross-play, and online and privacy settings for ages, but the Java Edition still uses Mojang Accounts.
- Mojang Studios just announced that they're going to start migrating all current Mojang Accounts to Microsoft Accounts.
- This won't change the game or how it works, but will offer more convenience, better security, and more.
Minecraft spans a ton of platforms and devices, offering a way to play pretty much anywhere and any way you want, with most platforms even offering cross-play with other platforms! There's one exception to this rule, however, and that's Minecraft: Java Edition. This is the classic Minecraft, complete with powerful servers, mods, and more that the more modern Bedrock Edition just doesn't have. And, while the Bedrock Edition is accessed using the same Microsoft Account across devices, the Java Edition requires its own Mojang Account. This is less secure, and means Java Edition is completely separated from the Bedrock Edition in many ways.
A new announcement from Mojang Studios lays out plans to migrate all Mojang Accounts to Microsoft Accounts, leading to a ton of benefits for Minecraft: Java Edition players. So what does this effect? As far as the game is concerned, nothing!
- Mods will still work
- Save data, maps, and profile information aren't changing
- The game itself isn't changing
- There's no fee to migrate
- Java Edition isn't going anywhere, and is still fully supported
This move simply means that players will have:
- The superior security offered by Microsoft Accounts
- Two-factor authentication (2FA) to further protect accounts
- A single account to access Minecraft everywhere
- Better online privacy settings
Minecraft's two editions will still be separated, so cross-edition multiplayer isn't here nor is it confirmed to be coming, but this is still a good move. This Fall, players who attempt to create a new Mojang Account will instead sign-in to or create a Microsoft Account, while existing players will begin receiving notice that they're eligible to migrate towards the end of the year and into 2021.
A gaming masterpiece
Available everywhere you play.
Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox One, Windows 10, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Play with anyone, and play anywhere.
Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.
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