Minecraft Bedrock vs. Java: Which Version is Right for You?

Minecraft is available in two versions which are purchased separately and are not interchangeable. Deciding which version is right for you can be a daunting experience, but we’ll try to make it easy for you.

The original version of Minecraft, purchasable through the Minecraft websiteis nicknamed the Java Edition. The version of Minecraft which you can grab on consoles, mobile devices, and through the Microsoft Storeis called the Bedrock Edition.

If you play Minecraft with friends, you need to get the same version as them, so be sure to check with them before buying.

However, if you are the first in your clan to get the game, or if you plan to go solo Minecraftthere are a few things to keep in mind before deciding which one to choose.

Bedrock edition limits modding

Although the Bedrock Edition has add-ons, it offers more paid content to add to the game, while the Java version lets you install mods (such as texture packs) for free.

If you plan to completely mod your game and don’t want to be limited by Microsoft-approved mods, you’ll want to go with the Java Edition.

Bedrock is better for cross-platform play

The Bedrock Edition allows cross-platform multiplayer across consoles, mobile devices, and Windows 10. The Java Edition is PC-only and will only allow you to play with other Java players, which is much more limiting.

Keep in mind that if you want the Bedrock Edition on different platforms, you’ll need to repurchase it on each console. That said, purchases of add-ons (like texture packs) will carry over from other platforms.

Hardcore and Spectator modes are only available in the Java Edition

Hardcore Mode (which stops you from respawning when you die) and Spectator Mode (which lets you fly around and see the world) are both only available in the Java Edition of Minecraft.

Bedrock or Java?

For most casual gamers, the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft is the way to go. It is easier to access and more stable than the Java edition. It also allows you to play with other platforms, which is a real plus.

If you’re more of a hardcore Minecraft player and want to tinker with the innards of the game or see features in development before the majority of gamers, Java Edition is the best choice.

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