Minecraft Java and Bedrock Edition to join Xbox Game Pass PC

Minecraft Pc Bundle Hero Image
Minecraft Pc Bundle Hero Image (Image credit: Mojang Studios)

What you need to know

  • Mojang Studios has announced the Minecraft PC Bundle during Minecraft Live 2021.
  • The bundle includes Minecraft: Bedrock Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition, and is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC on Nov. 2, 2021.
  • Players will need to migrate their Mojang Accounts to Microsoft Accounts to access the titles through Xbox Game Pass for PC.
  • In 2022, Mojang is planning to release the Minecraft PC Bundle as a standalone purchase for interested players.

Mojang Studios, the development studio behind one of the best PC games ever made, Minecraft, has announced the "Minecraft PC Bundle" during Minecraft Live 2021. This bundle allows PC players to access and play both Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft: Bedrock Edition through the Minecraft Launcher, which previously only supported Minecraft: Java Edition.

Mojang has confirmed that the Minecraft PC Bundle will first be available for Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers starting Nov. 2, 2021. The bundle will then officially launch in full at some point in 2022, although Mojang has not provided any specific dates for the release of the bundle at this time. Players who have previously purchased either Minecraft: Java Edition or Minecraft: Bedrock Edition will gain access to the edition of the game they don't have for free once the bundle retails in 2022. Note that Java Edition players will need to migrate their Mojang Account to a Microsoft Account on their Minecraft.net profile page to get access to Bedrock Edition once the bundle releases.

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Bundling Java Edition and Bedrock Edition together should be a welcome change, as previously, fans have had to choose between one or the other when buying Minecraft. Java Edition offers players support for the best Minecraft mods and other forms of custom content such as the best Minecraft shaders, while Bedrock is more stable, supports crossplay with Xbox players, and gives players access to Minecraft with RTX. Both versions of the game have their pros and cons, meaning PC players can now play both with this new bundle.

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