Minecraft Java and Bedrock – What You Need to Know

So you want to know about the differences between Minecraft Java and Bedrock? What is the Minecraft Java Edition? Stay a while and listen – we have the information you need.

First of all, Minecraft Java is the official name for original version of the popular craft game created by Mojang in 2009. It’s the version you buy through the Mojang website, though it’s also available via PC Game Pass now. Either way, it only runs on PC. Minecraft Bedrock is a new version of the game created by Microsoft in 2017 that simultaneously replaced and united the console, mobile (formerly known as Pocket Edition) and Windows 10 store versions of the game.

This means that Bedrock is available across multiple platforms, and as PC gamers we are spoiled for choice as we can choose to play one of them. Thanks to the recently released Minecraft launcher, we can also manage both installations in one easy place. However, there are more differences than just which platforms the respective Minecraft versions run on, so let’s dig a little more into this.

Minecraft Bedrock vs Java differences

Microsoft has created a handy document that goes into detail about what the differences are between the versions, but in summary, the main differences between Minecraft Java and Bedrock are:

  • World generation and how blocks are handled
  • Redstone behaviors differ
  • Different Java version commands either do not work or work differently in Bedrock
  • Officially, a console gamepad is the most common type of input among base players
  • Minecraft mods and Minecraft skins ecosystems are different
  • Hardcore and spectator modes are not available in the Bedrock edition
  • Differences in back-end performance
  • Minecraft multiplayer is handled separately

The way the different Minecraft versions look mods is very important. Minecraft Java – like ‘AND’ Minecraft – has a long history of creative and expansive mods and Minecraft texture packs that you can all do for free.

The Bedrock version still allows mods and texture packs, but you typically need to purchase these on platforms other than the PC. In addition, the mod tools for the Bedrock edition are also something that creators have to pay for. Some popular PC mods support both versions – for free – but not all of them.

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Minecraft Java or Bedrock multiplayer

As mentioned above, multiplayer is handled differently between the two versions of Minecraft. The most important thing you need to know is that – officially – you and anyone you want to play Minecraft with must use the same version to play together. This means that Java players can only play with other Java players, and the same goes for Bedrock.

Given that you are limited on what you can get on other platforms, this is not as difficult as it sounds, but on PC it is especially important that you coordinate with your friends about which version you are using. You can only get the Bedrock version through the Windows 10 Store, but both are available through PC Games Pass if you subscribe to it.

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Minecraft Java and Bedrock cross games

Bedrock is designed to work across multiple platforms, allowing you to crossover with other Bedrock players no matter what platform they are on, though Bedrock multiplayer servers tend to be smaller (and newer).

There is an unofficial solution to Java / Bedrock Cross Game – GeyserMC.

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This is a third-party multiplayer server plug-in specifically designed to allow Minecraft Bedrock players to join Minecraft Java servers. It’s a simple download and you do not need anything else to make it work, provided you follow the instructions.

Minecraft Bedrock vs Java – which one should you get?

If you are a console or mobile player, or want to play with someone who primarily uses a console or mobile, you do not have much to choose from – you will need to use Minecraft Bedrock.

If this is not a problem – and since we PC gamers can choose which version we want – then there is a choice to be made, but it is also quite straightforward. The Java version gives PC players many more options and usability – larger, older multiplayer servers, more modding potential and a more powerful engine that does not try to accommodate weaker hardware.

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If you want to know more about Minecraft, be sure to check out our latest Minecraft seed guide, our guide to the best Minecraft servers, as well as some new ideas for Minecraft builds.

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