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What is the Minecraft PC Bundle?

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What is the Minecraft PC Bundle?

Best answer: The Minecraft PC Bundle is a bundle of the Java Edition and Bedrock Edition of Minecraft in the Minecraft Launcher that will be available to Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers on Nov. 2, 2021. The bundle will fully launch and become available to all PC players in 2022.

What is the Minecraft PC Bundle?

During Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang Studios announced the "Minecraft PC Bundle," which is a package deal that gives players access to both the Java Edition and Bedrock Edition of Minecraft, which is one of the best PC games available. Both editions of the game will be playable through Mojang's Minecraft Launcher with this bundle. Previously, only Java Edition was available through the launcher; if you wanted to play Bedrock Edition, you'd have to buy it separately on the Microsoft Store. This will no longer be the case thanks to the Minecraft PC Bundle, and players that already own one version of the game will be given access to the other one for free once the bundle releases. Note that the Minecraft PC Bundle will only be obtainable with a Microsoft Account; Mojang Account users will need to migrate to a Microsoft Account from their Minecraft.net profile page.

There are some fairly large differences between the Java and Bedrock Editions of Minecraft, so the fact that PC players won't have to choose between the two will be welcomed by many. Java Edition allows players to use custom pieces of content like the best Minecraft mods and the best Minecraft shaders, while Bedrock Edition has better overall stability and provides access to Minecraft with RTX as well as cross-play functionality with Xbox players.

When is the Minecraft PC Bundle release date?

The Minecraft PC Bundle will first be available for Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers starting on Nov. 2. Then, the bundle will fully launch and become available as a standalone purchase for all PC players at some point in 2022 (Mojang hasn't provided any specific dates yet). Note that players who already own one edition of the game won't gain access to the other one until the 2022 release unless they subscribe to Xbox Game Pass for PC.

How much will the Minecraft PC Bundle cost?

Mojang is yet to announce Minecraft PC Bundle pricing for the standalone package. In the meantime, access will be granted via Xbox Game Pass through its PC membership from $10 monthly, or those with its $15 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate-tier subscription.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.