Mojang have announced Minecraft Windows 10 edition beta, a new version of their popular sandbox game. The game will not replace the current PC version, however those who currently own the PC version will be able to download it for free. Others will be able to grab the new edition while it’s in beta for $10.
The new version will release in beta the same day as Windows 10, July 29th. The reason for the new version is to “take advantage of the advanced technology and gaming platform provided by Windows 10.”
There are some other neat additions to the new version including online and local multiplayer with players of pocket edition and Xbox editions, the recording of gameplay highlights using built-in GameDVR. and multiple control schemes.
- Craft, create, and explore online with up to seven friends playing Windows 10 Edition Beta, through local multiplayer or with your Xbox Live friends online.
- Play online and local multiplayer with other Pocket Edition players thanks to a free update, due to arrive soon after launch.
- Multiple control schemes! Switch between controller, touch, and keyboard controls with little to no effort!
- Record and share gameplay highlights with built-in GameDVR.
- Help shape the future of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta with our built player feedback mechanisms!
- Chickens, zombies, pigs, boats, armed skeletons, potatoes, zombies, baby squids, enchantment tables, villagers, naked sheep, iron golems, potions, ghasts, pickaxes, carrots, and all the weird and wonderful goodness you’ve come to expect from Minecraft.
An interesting development and yet another game with cross play between Windows and Xbox One. Hopefully there’ll be some good additions to the version over time. The current Java version of Minecraft has many mods and is well developed at the moment so it’s great that PC players will be able to enjoy both.