Minecraft Bedrock & Java Editions Coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC in November

Both versions of the Mojang classic are coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Some might take it for granted that Minecraft has been around for a decade and can be played on just about any platform. However, it is not a free game. It still costs money to get started. However, that is about to change for Xbox Game Pass users. During Saturday’s Minecraft Live broadcast, it was revealed that the Bedrock and Java editions of Minecraft will be available as part of Xbox Game Pass for PC.

I see you throwing your hand behind your back, new to Minecraft, and asking, “What’s the difference between Java and Bedrock?” The short answer is that Java is the original Minecraft, which is still supported to this day. Bedrock is the new cross-platform version of Minecraft, the one the console versions are built on. As such, Bedrock is the Minecraft that supports cross-platform play. Now that that question has been answered, PC users can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that both versions of Minecraft will be available through Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of a package called the Minecraft PC Bundle.

“Launching exclusively with Game Pass for PC on November 2, 2021, the Minecraft PC Bundle brings together Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft: Bedrock Edition for Windows in the same launcher,” reads the announcement on the Minecraft website. “Having both editions means you can play at will, even with consoles and mobile! Your days of picking and choosing are over, except when it comes to snacks. Now all you have to do is launch the same edition than the Minecrafter you want to play with and start working on your adorable gravel block builds!”

It won’t be long before owners of Xbox Game Pass for PC can jump into Minecraft, with November 2 just a few weeks away. We’ve got plenty more from Minecraft Live, so check out Shacknews and find out about the latest updates.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since he picked up his first NES controller when he was 5 years old. Since then, he has taken an interest in games, only stepping away briefly during his college years. But he was retired after spending years in quality assurance circles for THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping push the Guitar Hero series to its peak. Ozzie has become a huge fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can’t enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?