Minecraft players can now grab the Windows 10 Edition beta

minecraft windows 10 beta minecraftpig
Update 7/28/2015 1:55PM: If you’ve just upgraded to Windows 10, and you previously owned Minecraft, you can now grab the Windows 10 Edition for free. To download a copy, you must log in to your Mojang account, hit the appropriate “redeem” button and sign up for, or sign into, a Microsoft account. The roll out is gradual, so some users may not yet see the offer — worry not, it should come online soon.

It’s available on nearly every system imaginable, including PC, Mac, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and even Raspberry Pi, and soon, Minecraft will be available on Windows 10. In keeping with the spirit of the ever-changing nature of the game, Mojang will be calling the release Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, and it brings with it some features associated with the Pocket Edition of the game.

In the official announcement on Xbox Wire, Mojang’s chief word officer Owen Hill stated that Minecraft on Windows 10 “will develop and evolve over time” — much like the original version did several years ago — and it’s for this reason that the studio opted to call it the Windows 10 Edition Beta. For those who already own a PC copy of Minecraft, the upgrade to the new version will be free, while it will cost $10 for everyone else, including, apparently, those who own the game on both Microsoft and Sony consoles.

Hill also stressed that the Windows 10 version of Minecraft includes several features found in mobile versions of the game, including the ability to play with other Pocket Edition players as well as touch control support. It will also include “built-in GameDVR” recording and eight-person multiplayer, both locally and online. There will also be “built-in player feedback mechanisms” to more efficiently communicate with the developers.

Curiously, although Mojang was purchased by Microsoft several months ago, the announcement still mentions the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita as supported platforms for Minecraft. In fact, back in April, Hill wrote a post specifically for the PlayStation Blog detailing new character skins, and he announced a new LittleBigPlanet content pack for the PlayStation versions of the game back on June 30 — with a franchise this big, it appears Microsoft doesn’t really care which platform you choose to play it on.

Matt Smith also contributed to this article.

Product Review

Amazon’s child-friendly tablet is the complete package

Kids are tough on electronics and it’s difficult to police screen time and manage what they’re doing. The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition could be the affordable answer to your prayers, with a rugged case and worry-free warranty.
Deals

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for October 2018

Looking to score Nintendo's latest hybrid console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on stand-alone consoles as well as bundles that feature games like Fortnite and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Gaming

Eat your way to a limited-edition Xbox One X in new Taco Bell contest

If you like the idea of a limited-edition Xbox One X that makes Taco Bell's famous "bong" sound every time it starts up, then you need to enter a new contest launched by the fast-food chain and Microsoft without delay.
Photography

Adobe Premiere Rush CC is the cloud-based video editing app you've been waiting for

On stage at Adobe MAX 2018, Adobe announced its cloud-centric, social video-editing application, Adobe Premiere Rush CC. We took some time to put it through its paces to see what it offers, how it works, and what's missing.
Gaming

More days gone: Sony moves zombie exclusive ‘Days Gone’ to April

Sony has delayed the PlayStation 4 exclusive Days Gone to April. It was previously bumped from a 2018 release window into February, 2019, but Sony Bend apparently needs more time to add polish.
Gaming

Annual game releases are boring. Try a quirky indie game for the PS4 instead

While big budget games rely on practical innovation, indie games dive head first into new, unexplored territories. If the quirky and unusual appeal to you, take a look at our list of the best indie games on PS4.
Product Review

Huawei’s monster Mate 20 X makes the Galaxy Note 9 look small

The Huawei Mate 20 X has a 7.2-inch screen, but is surprisingly manageable to hold, yet still a little too big to carry around. Huawei’s pushing the phone’s ability as a mobile gaming handheld, challenging the Nintendo Switch.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Gaming

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ adds Black Market system to dress up your soldier

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 added the Black Market system to PS4 today, giving players new ways to unlock and acquire additional customization items, such as outfits for Specialists.
Computing

In 2018, the rivalry between AMD and Intel has become more interesting than ever

When it comes to selecting a CPU for your PC, there's no shortage of chips for you to choose from. With Ryzen, Threadripper, and Core i9 CPUs though, the AMD vs. Intel argument is muddier than ever.
Product Review

Kill a Nazi while skiing in ’Battlefield V: War Stories’

World War II is hardly a unique setting for a shooter, but Battlefield V’s War Stories has managed to liven it up. Our preview left us eager to see more of the new Battlefield’s single-player story.
Gaming

The best video games to gift this holiday season, from ‘Spider-Man’ to ‘Hitman 2’

The holidays are quickly approaching and you might be looking for ideas on what to get your favorite gamer. Here are the best games you can buy for your gaming loved ones this holiday season.
Gaming

Have problems with your Xbox One? We have the solutions

The Xbox One has evolved over the years, but so have its problems. Thankfully, we have solutions for some of the console's most enduring problems, whether you're experiencing issues with connectivity or your discs.
Computing

Gaming on a laptop has never been better. These are your best options

Gaming desktops are powerful, but they tie you down to your desk. For those of us who prefer a more mobile experience, here are the best gaming laptops on the market, ranging from budget machines to maxed-out, wallet-emptying PCs.