Minecraft: Xbox One Edition owners can upgrade to 'Bedrock' for free until November 30 (update)

A nice cobblestone tower
A nice cobblestone tower (Image credit: Windows Central)

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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab). 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

  1. Head over to this link (opens in new tab), and sign in with your Microsoft Account.
  2. 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.

Minecraft Bedrock Edition for Xbox One (opens in new tab)

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

8 Comments
  • I prefer Xbox One Edition. It has a better UI and better Redstone mechanics. It's pretty sad that the Xbox 360 Edition continued to get updates long after the Xbox One Edition was prematurely sunsetted.
  • Can i still get the update if i own the disk copy and still have the old update?
  • "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" I wouldn't say the Bedrock edition is "the greatest" considering the Java version has a ton more features.
  • I wouldn't say the Java version has a "ton" more features considering the Bedrock version is more cross-compatible than any other game in history. Different strokes for different folks.
  • Exactly, Jez. The "Features" of the Java edition not in the Bedrock version generally translate to either unstable 3rd party mods or things in a "snapshot" build (i.e. beta) that are coming to Bedrock anyways. For me, the one "feature" that matters is a Realm where I can play the same world on my Xbox , PC or even my phone. That is only on Bedrock.
  • I wish they had just made the Bedrock Edition an Xbox Play Anywhere title and merged the purchases between PC and Xbox. It just doesnt make sense to still have the PC Bedrock Edition as the only version that still Specifies the Platform in the title, "Minecraft for Windows 10."
  • yea but money
  • Doesn't the Bedrock edition on PC still require Windows 10?