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Mojang announces new version of Minecraft for Windows 10

Naturally you'll need Microsoft's newest OS first, but the even better news is that the Minecraft Windows 10 Beta will be available on July 29. Otherwise known as Windows 10 launch day.

From Mojang:

"Just like the first release of Minecraft all those years ago, this version will develop and evolve over time with the help of your feedback. That's why it has "Beta" in the title – because it's not quite finished, and will become even more fun over time. Just like the other versions of Minecraft, all future updates will be free. We spoil you. We really do."

Current players of Minecraft on the PC will be able to download the Windows 10 Beta edition completely free of charge from the Windows 10 Store. If you're not yet involved in all things blocky it'll cost you $10 during the period of the beta, the duration of which is currently undecided.

Minecraft on Windows 10 will incorporate some of the features from Minecraft: Pocket Edition along with lots of "cool extras."

  • Craft, create, and explore online with up to seven friends playing Windows 10 Edition Beta, through local multiplayer or with your Xbox Live friends online.
  • Play online and local multiplayer with other Pocket Edition players thanks to a free update, due to arrive soon after launch.
  • Multiple control schemes! Switch between controller, touch, and keyboard controls with little to no effort!
  • Record and share gameplay highlights with built-in GameDVR.
  • Help shape the future of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta with our built player feedback mechanisms!
  • Chickens, zombies, pigs, boats, armed skeletons, potatoes, zombies, baby squids, enchantment tables, villagers, naked sheep, iron golems, potions, ghasts, pickaxes, carrots, and all the weird and wonderful goodness you've come to expect from Minecraft.

Mojang says there are 20 million current Minecraft players on Windows so expect the Windows 10 beta to become insanely popular after launch.

Source: Mojang

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98 Comments
  • That's awesome!
  • Same but faster? Lol
  • It will be WAY BETTER as a Trusted Windows Store app than the traditional game which depends of Java.
  • Right? Now Microsoft buying Minecraft makes even more sense. Hope it become a success.
  • How come?
  • Wow! This Minecraft version is like cross-everything lol. I love it!!
  • But there won't be a free version like with the current Minecraft?
  • Simply the best
  • Better than all the rest?
  • No, like no one ever was.
  • Better than anyone!
  • Anyone i've ever met!
  • Hummm... Saw that coming... It was announced but overlooked... The part with HoloLens has to do with it... Yeah... Going to be huge as usual...
  • I've never played Minecraft, i guess i'm not cool :(
  • Or you are cooler than 20 million other people... C'mon, be a glass half full today.
  • I love Minecraft! But it's not the game I could play for the rest of my life.
  • Try it for once, you'll like it.
  • That's an unfair assessment. I got it on 360, played for a week, then wanted nothing to do with it. It's incredibly boring for someone who likes structure in games.
  • Minecraft is about building your own structure. I really hope allot of old mods get ported, red stone mods, etc.
  • That might be what you get out of it, but that isn't some rule to the game.
  • No mods will get ported.  Windows 10 edition is just a ported version of the pocket edition. You can find the future of Minecraft mods here:  https://www.spongepowered.org/
  • You'll get to play the best version on W10, so be happy.
  • I bought WP version. Don't know what this is all about. No idea at all. Lost my money :|
  • I don't like pocket edition or console edition either, but I am pretty much obsessed with the PC version. You might like it when though you don't like the portable versions.
  • I'm still trying to understand the appeal of this game. Just building with no purpose it seems to me, with really basic graphics. Obviously I'm missing something given it's success. It reminds me of Populus which was a great god-game in the 90s, but without any of the fun or point of building.
  • The appeal is a non-linear, player-driven experience of an enormous, completely mutable world, where you can do whatever you want, make whatever you want, or play however you want--features that are now creeping into just about every other genre of gaming in some way or another. Minecraft will go down as the most influential game in video game history, as it has completely changed what a video game is.
  • Features ? Crafting is the only feature which was "exported" to other games.
  • A lot of other games have ripped off the pixelated look, the randomized worlds, and exploration. Many have done it within a storyline and questing system, but the elements are still there.
  • Pixelated looks were around well before Minecraft...
  • No.
  • There is the possibility to fight the Enderdragon. You can choose not to do so, but the game gives you the chance to have a "goal". :)
  • read the wiki.. it explains how you craft things. without this knowledge it tends to be hard. I went in trying to learn on my own i died alot. once i figured out fire i could get food and make great tools. the game grows from there.
  • Where can I follow the announcements of Minecon?
  • If you're on Xbox One follow the link from the dashboard. If not, fire up Twitch, select Minecraft under "Games" and all the different Mojang stream will be there to choose from :)
  • Damn, this is gonna be a good one.
  • THIS! Crossplay between all devices, including Xbox. This is what I had in mind when I thought of win 10 and Microsoft acquiring Minecraft. Hopefully including mod support as well. A universal Minecraft! This is gonna be huge!
  • The announcement is too vague, at the moment, though. It's not clear exactly what this is. Is it an Xbox title with Xbox achievements? Does it have cross-play and cross-buy with the Xbox One version? What happens to the world I've built in the Xbox One version of the game? Will it transfer over to the Windows 10 version? If so, is that a one-way transfer (like transferring from Xbox 360 to Xbox One), or will it be cloud-sync so that I can play on  Xbox One and then play on Windows 10 and pick up where I left off? What about future versions of Minecraft--specifically, HoloLens? And the Pocket Editions? They need to explain this better. I don't want to own four different versions of Minecraft and have none of the worlds sync up.
  • Surprised people still play this... How many block houses can one make before it gets old
  • That statement can be applied to pretty much any game and genre in existence. Besides, Minecraft is not solely about building things.
  • My daughter has made some fairly elaborate structures. You'd be surprised.
  • Seriously, there's hardly any skill ceiling to it and the endgame is just unfulfilling. Depth never really got very deep once they started looking into the average reddit player for what to add.
  • If you think there is no skill involved then you know nothing about Minecraft. Go search for RedStone and pixel art creations in Minecraft. It takes incredible skill to program 16-bit working computers, functioning hard drives, graphics calulators, automatic farms, or create perfectly scaled artwork from millions of individually placed blocks.
  • the crafting aspect has always required wiki-lookup-cheating skill. The survival aspect was promised to be a lot more in-depth, and exploration is sincerely unfulfilling. Once you've been in one unexplored cave, you've been in them all.
  • Hint: Search Minecraft building competitions and see how many block houses you get....
  • People make it a hobby much like others make Legos a hobby. And we all know for how long Legos have been around.
  • Please, oh, please, let this version be Java-free.
  • I think that's the point.
  • Windows Store = Java free
  • I assume it's gunna be no Java and brand new DirectX, so for once I might be able to get impressive performance on max settings just like all my other games
  • I'm just wondering why they made no mention of modding.. I personally love modding, and never play Minecraft without at least something extra added.
  • I'm wondering about this too. The PC Minecraft community is so big on modding the game, that I wonder how they're reacting to this announcement of a Windows 10 version. It's also not clear if mods from or game saves from the Java version will transfer over to the Windows 10 version, and, if not, if the Windows 10 version will be mod-able. I assume not, because it's the Windows 10 Store, in which case, I'd expect some backlash from the original PC Minecraft community, who may feel like their version is getting put on the back burner. Although, Microsoft could calm those fears by better explaining their development plan for all versions of Minecraft. Personally, I think they should continue developing the Java version to keep that community happy, but I'd love to see the Windows 10 version become the one that fully unifies the game across platforms--i.e. cloud saves and synced worlds between Windows 10 computers, tablets, phones, HoloLens, and Xbox consoles, all powered by Xbox Live with Xbox achievements. But they have to be careful about how they announce that, so as to not alienate the diehards of the Java version.
  • I would guess that it's because this is all about Windows 10. However, it will be interesting to see how/if mods are dealt with, as W10 apps are sort of sandboxed.
  • So this isn't a universal app deriving from the current XBox or Windows Phone versions, and requires another purchase? That's an odd way of going about it.
  • It's nothing to do with the current version. It's an all new version of Minecraft built for Windows 10.
  • I wonder if this will become an Xbox exclusive version... It does adapt to controller play after all.
  • If you read that really long text before the comments section (the story), it mentions that current Minecraft players can play without any additional purchase. People who do not own the game will have to pay $10.
  • Wow this is badass. I hope they fix all the garbage notch/leddit turned this game into all that leveling/hunger crap
  • Why? Level and hunger system is fun..
  • Its like walking on quick sand trying to get around no.
  • Nice idea, but no way I'm buying Minecraft a third time.
  • It says right in the article that current players get the beta for free. So just play it and have fun with it.
  • It will recognize you from your mojang account?
  • Of course
  • Microsoft owns Mojang. I see no reason why they wouldn't link the accounts.
  • Finally Microsofts starts getting to push the store! I expect this to be an universal app so the exact same app works on phones to.
    Then I expect Halo 5 to be a store app to... :-)
  • 1) Super excited about 1st party controller support
    2) Perfect timing as I am just beginning to have my 4 year old start playing games... and again, much easier for him to start off with a controller.
    3) If this is going to come from the MS Store then I really hope it does not kill off all of the amazing PC mods available. Above all else, free and open mod support is the single biggest factor as to why Minecraft took off in the first place.
    4) Please tell me this edition will make the great leap off of Java so it can actually have some amount of performance.
  • it has to drop java to become a modern app, so yea, this means java is gone... amen
  • I have purchased the MC on my Windows Phone, hope don't need to pay Windows 10 Edition again. Isn't it a UWP?
  • No. Pocket Edition is a different app entirely. Unless you play on PC already you'll have to buy it for Windows 10.
  • So will I be able to download it using my mojang account?
  • I assume some kind of link between that and your MS account for existing players. It's unclear.
  • Will it come to Windows 10 Mobile too?
  • Hope it has Xbox Live Achievements!
  • Does it work without Java?
  • Am I missing something? Because I was under the impression the PC version was the latest most updated version. So aren't those features listed already available? It pretty much adds touch controls and hdr recording. No new gameplay elements.
  • This is very likely built in an entirely different language. PC versions of Minecraft were done in Java, and for that reason, had a lot of issues. Pocket editions and console versions were done in a variant of C, I'm assuming this will be as well. SO it should be more stable and better optimized for PC's.
  • That makes sense then if they are dropping Java. All I can think of too is Notches' quote about "never putting Minecraft in the windows store" and Microsoft saying, "oh yeah?" Haha.
  • I don't play Minecraft, but I wonder how the modding community will feel about this.
  • cross buy?
  • Is it feasable to think that MC:PE will one day be at the level of content of the original MC for PC?
  • Its not the desktop version and its not the pocket edition? Hmm....pocket edition is kinda boring I think, so I hope they add a lot to this....
  • So it will be a universal app? So I can play it on a windows 10 mobile phone when it comes out?
  • No-one knows. What we know is in this post.
  • I don't understand why Microsoft always makes announcements like this that are so vague. They should provide all the details. They did the same thing with the January 21reveal of Xbox coming to Windows 10, slowly trickling out information over the next 7 months of what they clearly knew already back then. Just announce things in detail.
  • If they release a huge barrage of info all at once, then they'll have lots of dead time. If they slowly let information trickle out, they can keep the hype train going.
  • Yeah, but all it results in is a bunch of misinformation getting spread around and people exploding on Twitter and getting upset over nothing. If they'd just release the key information from the get-go, they could avoid all of that. I'm a fan of the 'rip off the Band Aid in one go" approach.
  • It's Microsoft. People will spread misinformation no matter how clear and all-at-once they release it.
  • So what's so great and new about this new version? Only seven players can play together now?
  • He said "zombies" twice
  • SO MANY ZOMBIES!
  • Will Minecraft also be Universal? This will make my niece very happy, as she wishes to play her Minecraft worlds from her tablet, to PC and Xbox
  • All the legions of little kids that grew up playing this are older and will be begging for a win 10 machine. My kids learned a bit about java from all the hacking and modding they did to the game. Win 10 apps are so protected I'm not sure how modding will work, if at all.
  • All peer pressure aside, Minecraft truly is a fun game. No one that I know that's tried it has been disappointed.
  • Hopefully no Java! :|.
  • Yeah. More likely it will be C++ I think.
  • Minegasm!
  • I have the game one xboxone but also my PC....the only reason I have it on the PC is for mods. Why turn the PC version into a console version.....odd.
  • Cross platform Minecraft?!?!? Sign me up!