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How it works

Minecraft’s Steve swings a pickaxe

Gather Resources

Get crafty and use the surrounding environment to gather building materials—see how breaking down trees can help you create something new.

Minecraft’s Alex swings their sword at a creeper

Survive the Night

It’s always best to avoid the unpredictable by distancing yourself from wandering mobs—you never know what’ll happen if they get too close!

Minecraft’s Alex and Steve building together with stone and wooden scaffolds

Build Amazing Things

Discover all the versatile ways dust from the redstone ore can be used to enhance your creations, bring them to life, or give them some bang.

Play with Friends

Whether you’re surviving the night or building a work of art, you can do so in the company of friends. A shared adventure can be a great experience! Play together regardless of platform, as long as everyone is using the same version - Java Edition or Bedrock Edition.

Steve and chicken characters on a hill looking across at other characters on a grassy hill
Public

Online

Connect and play with players across the world, wherever they are.

Play in a custom world together with other players.

Discover community-run servers, full of activities and home to thousands of players.

3 Minecraft characters around a Nether portal with chickens, a rabbit and Creeper mob
Private

Realms

Play locally or online in your own server; a persistent online world, safely stored in the cloud.

Get instant access to a catalog of 150+ Marketplace Pass content items, with new fun stuff added every month.

Create and manage your own personal server together with up to 10 friends.

Alex and goat in a boat with other characters on an island fishing and cooking by a fire
Private

Co-Op

Play couch co-op together with friends and family on your device.

Play in a custom world together with other players on a shared platform or through a LAN.

Play with friends and family on a local private server with separate devices.

Platforms + Features

Buy Minecraft: Java & Bedrock Edition* and get both versions of the game for the price of one. You can easily switch between games using the unified launcher and cross-play with any current edition of Minecraft, including consoles and mobile. 

*Mac and Linux are compatible with Java Edition only.

Compare the key features of Minecraft Bedrock Edition and Java Edition.

Java

Bedrock

Cross-Platform Compatibility

Allows you to play with friends on different devices.

Cross-play with Windows, Mac, and Linux

Cross-play with Windows 10, Windows 11, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and mobile

Split screen multiplayer
(online multiplayer requires subscription sold separately)

Playing split screen allows up to four players to play on the screen at the same time.

Not Included

Not Included

Controller/touch support

Use a compatible game controller or touch screen.

Not Included

Included

Minecraft Marketplace

Discover new ways to play Minecraft with unique maps, skins and texture packs. Available in-game from your favorite community creators. Purchases and Minecoins roam across Windows 10, Xbox One, Mobile, and Switch.

Not Included

Included

Marketplace Pass

Play 150+ pieces of exciting content for one low monthly price!

Not Included

Included

Downloadable Content (DLC)

Use add-ons to customize your experience. Transform the look, and even change the behavior of mobs.

Not Included

Included

Mods

Independent, user-made additions and changes to the game.

Included

Not Included

Official featured multiplayer servers (online multiplayer requires subscription sold separately)

Public servers, partnered with Minecraft, that anyone can join, with multiplayer mini-games.

Not Included

Included

Realms

Realms are servers, run by us, just for you and your friends. Invite an infinite number of friends to join your personal Realm, and play with up to 10 at a time.

Included

Included

Realms Plus

Get access to 150+ Marketplace Pass content items to play locally or on your personal Realm server. Play with up to 10 players at a time who can access all of the content in your Realm - for free!

Not Included

Included

Host your own server

Share your world with your friends and players around the globe. Host your own multiplayer game server. Join custom servers from mobile and PC.

Included

Included

Join player-hosted multiplayer servers

Multiplayer games hosted on other player’s servers.

Included

Included

Achievements/Trophies

Complete certain challenges to earn achievements or trophies. Only available in Survival mode.

Not Included

Included

LAN or Wifi Multiplayer

Play with friends over LAN or WiFi.

Included

Included

Parental Controls with Xbox Live or Microsoft Accounts

Xbox Live and Microsoft Accounts have age-appropriate controls and settings that you can adjust to suit your family’s needs.

Not Included

Included

Ray Tracing

Advanced graphics capabilities including support for physical based rendering, realistic lighting, vibrant colors, realistic water, and more. Content available in Minecraft Marketplace. Requires a DXR capable GPU.

Not Included

Included