What you need to know
- Minecraft is a sandbox game from Xbox Game Studios.
- The title keeps on growing with each update.
- You can only upgrade to the Bedrock Edition until November 30.
- You can play Minecraft through Xbox Game Pass, too.
Minecraft has been in the news for a number of reasons lately. Microsoft is teaming up with NVIDIA for ray tracing support, and another augmented reality game called Minecraft Earth is being tested out around the world. However, the original's numbers keep on climbing, too.
There are two versions of Minecraft available on Xbox One. One is the old one, the "non-Bedrock" edition, while the other one supports cross-play between PC and even Nintendo Switch, and is the latest and greatest release. Beforehand, those who owned the non-Bedrock version could've upgraded at any time to Bedrock, but now it seems like the timer has begun to count down.
Recently, Tom Stone wrote on Minecraft's website that "existing Minecraft: Xbox One Edition players now have until November 30, 2019 to redeem their free update to the Bedrock version." If you haven't upgraded, be sure to do so before this promotion expires.
Just search for Minecraft on your Xbox One, or head over to this link. The Bedrock edition should have new cover art so it's easy to spot. The price should be free, so just click on it and install it. That way, you'll own a copy of the game even though it's free.
Here's a quick step-by-step to help you ensure you have the correct version.
How to upgrade Minecraft for Xbox One to the Bedrock Edition
- Head over to this link, and sign in with your Microsoft Account.
If it says you already own it, then congrats! You don't need to upgrade. Otherwise, select Buy, the price should be free for anyone who already owns the old version of Minecraft for Xbox One.
Note: If you don't already own the old Minecraft for Xbox One, you will need to purchase the new Bedrock version or subscribe to Xbox Game Pass. You'll need to maintain your subscription to Xbox Game Pass in order for continued access to the game.
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