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Minecraft has several editions, some of which are discontinued.

Java Edition[]

Main article: Java Edition

Minecraft: Java Edition (formerly Minecraft) is the original version of Minecraft, developed by Mojang Studios for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Notch began development on May 10, 2009, publicly releasing Minecraft on May 17, 2009. The full release of the game was on November 18, 2011, at MINECON 2011. The latest Java Edition version is 1.17.1.

Bedrock Edition[]

Main article: Bedrock Edition

Bedrock Edition (also known as the Bedrock editions, Bedrock versions, or just Bedrock) refers to the multi-platform versions of Minecraft developed by Mojang Studios, Xbox Game Studios, and SkyBox Labs and based on the Bedrock codebase. The latest Bedrock Edition version is 1.17.10.

Legacy Console Edition[]

Legacy Console Edition refers collectively to several nearly identical editions of Minecraft developed by 4J Studios for game consoles. It comprises of:

Legacy Console Edition introduced new features such as a simplified crafting system, in-game tutorials, leaderboards, built-in mini games and split-screen multiplayer (excluding PlayStation Vita Edition), as well as online multiplayer for up to sixteen players,‌[Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions only] which required a PlayStation Plus membership (PS4), Xbox Live Gold membership (Xbox One), Nintendo Network ID (Wii U), or Nintendo Switch Online membership. As with all editions, updates were free of charge.

Other[]

Minecraft 4k[]

Main article: Minecraft 4k

Minecraft 4k was an edition of Minecraft developed for the 2010 Java 4K contest, where the entry games were required to be within four kibibytes (4096 bytes) in size.[1]

MinecraftEdu[]

Main article: MinecraftEdu

MinecraftEdu is a sandbox indie educational video game written in Java, developed by TeacherGaming, published by E-Line Media, and licensed by Mojang Studios.[2] It is meant as an educational version of Minecraft.

Pi Edition[]

Main article: Pi Edition

Minecraft: Pi Edition is a version of Minecraft developed for the Raspberry Pi. It is based on Pocket Edition Alpha v0.6.1 but slightly cut down, containing a revised feature set and support for multiple programming languages. Pi Edition is intended as an educational tool for novice programmers.

Education Edition[]

Main article: Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition is an educational version of Minecraft specifically designed for classroom use. It is being developed by Mojang Studios and Xbox Game Studios and contains features that make Minecraft easy to use in a classroom setting.

Minecraft China[]

Main article: Minecraft China

Minecraft China is a localized edition of Java and Bedrock editions for mainland China, developed by Mojang Studios and NetEase.

New Nintendo 3DS Edition[]

Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition is the version of Minecraft developed by Other Ocean Interactive and Mojang Studios for the New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, and New Nintendo 2DS XL, but is not compatible with the original Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, or Nintendo 2DS. The final version was 1.9.19.

List[]

Java Edition Bedrock Edition
[note 1][note 2]
Legacy Console Edition
[note 3]
Other editions
Active

Windows
macOS
Linux

Windows
Pocket Edition AndroidiOSiPadOSFire
Windows 10 Edition Windows 10
Xbox One Edition Xbox One
Nintendo Switch Edition Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4 Edition PlayStation 4

Education Edition WindowsmacOSiOSiPadOSChrome OS
Minecraft China WindowsAndroidiOSiPadOS

Discontinued

Pocket Edition Galaxy StoreWindows Phone 8.1Windows 10 MobileFire Phone
Gear VR Edition Gear VR
Apple TV Edition Apple TV
Fire TV Edition Fire TV

Xbox 360 Edition Xbox 360
Xbox One Edition Xbox One
PlayStation 3 Edition PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4 Edition PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita Edition PlayStation Vita
Wii U Edition Wii U
Nintendo Switch Edition Nintendo Switch


Minecraft 4k Crossplatform (Web-based)Java
MinecraftEdu WindowsmacOSLinux
Pi Edition Raspberry PiLinux(ARM only)
New Nintendo 3DS Edition New Nintendo 3DS

Development
versions

Pre-classic
Classic
Indev
Infdev
Alpha
Beta
Snapshot
Pre-Release
Release Candidate

Pocket Edition Alpha Mobile device
Pocket Edition Mobile device
Beta

Merged with LCE
[note 4]

Xbox One Edition Xbox One
Nintendo Switch Edition Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4 Edition PlayStation 4

Dates[]

Edition
Released on Discontinued on
Java Edition WindowsmacOSLinux
May 17, 2009
Bedrock Edition
Mobile device Pocket Edition
August 16, 2011
PlayStation 4 PlayStation 4 Edition
September 4, 2014
Xbox One Xbox One Edition
September 5, 2014
Windows 10 Windows 10 Edition
July 29, 2015
Gear VR Gear VR Edition
April 27, 2016 31 October 2020
Apple TV Apple TV Edition
December 19, 2016 September 24, 2018
Fire TV Fire TV Edition
December 19, 2016 April 22, 2021
Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch Edition
May 11, 2017
Legacy Console Edition
Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Edition
May 9, 2012 March 19, 2019
PlayStation 3 PlayStation 3 Edition
December 17, 2013 April 15, 2020
PlayStation Vita PlayStation Vita Edition
October 14, 2014 April 15, 2020
Wii U Wii U Edition
December 17, 2015 March 19, 2019
Other editions
Crossplatform (Web-based)Java Minecraft 4k
December 2, 2009 Unknown
WindowsmacOSLinux MinecraftEdu
2011 April 5, 2016
Raspberry PiLinux(ARM only) Pi Edition
February 11, 2013 January 25, 2016
WindowsmacOSiOSiPadOSChrome OS Education Edition
November 1, 2016
WindowsAndroidiOSiPadOS Minecraft China
August 8, 2017
New Nintendo 3DS New Nintendo 3DS Edition
September 13, 2017 January 15, 2019

Notes[]

  1. The official Bedrock Edition for computers, phones, tablets, consoles, tvs, handhelds and vr devices.
  2. Before the release of the Better Together Update, the Bedrock Edition was split into many different platform editions.
  3. The official Legacy Console Edition for consoles and handhelds.
  4. The Xbox One and Nintendo Switch editions, unlike the other editions listed, could not be updated directly into Bedrock Edition. Bedrock Edition had to be bought separately from the Legacy Console Edition versions, excluding the PlayStation 4 Edition. However, those who purchased said Legacy Console Editions received a free digital copy of the Bedrock Edition upon it coming to the console, and things like worlds and skin packs could be transferred to the Bedrock edition.

References[]

  1. "Minecraft 4k (very early build)" (archived) by Markus_Persson – Java-Gaming.org, December 3, 2009. "Widescreen! Many block types! Building and destroying blocks! Different mouse look that frees up both buttons! Less bugs! Also, the .pack.gz is STILL under 2kb :P"
  2. Where can I buy Minecraft? - Mojang Support; last updated December 18, 2015

See also[]

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