Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition was the former title of Bedrock Edition for the universal Windows 10 platform developed by Mojang Studios and Xbox Game Studios. It runs on Windows 10 PCs and tablets, as well as the HoloLens. Despite being a UWP app, it is not available for Windows 10 Mobile or Xbox One, so it is separate from the cheaper releases of Bedrock Edition on Windows 10 Mobile and Xbox One (this means that XBL achievements are not shared between these platforms and buying the game on one of these platforms does not get players the game on the others).
It was announced on July 4, 2015, and a beta version was released on July 29, 2015 for £7.69, US$9.99, or €9.89 on the Microsoft Store. People who have purchased Java Edition prior to October 19, 2018 got Windows 10 Edition for free. Windows 10 Edition left beta with the 1.0 release on December 19, 2016 and now costs $26.95 on the Microsoft Store.
Prior to its official announcement on the Mojang blog, various promotional videos of Minecraft running universally on the HoloLens were shown by Microsoft. An edition of Minecraft running on Windows 10 was later demoed publicly at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015 convention, where Lydia Winters on a Surface Pro and a Microsoft employee on the HoloLens were both playing and interacting with the game.
At MINECON 2015, some additional insight was given into the development of Windows 10 Edition. It was explained that due to being a universal app, it was not possible to run Java Edition as Microsoft does not support universal apps in Java.
In addition to features existing in Bedrock Edition, the Windows 10 Edition also has the ability to play with up to seven players using Xbox Live and also others using Bedrock Edition through Realms Plus or local multiplayer with an update that was released shortly after the initial beta version.
Jens Bergensten initially tweeted after Microsoft's Windows 10 event on January 21, 2015 that a holographic edition of Minecraft was being developed. It was stated that two Minecraft projects were being made, one being "a toy" and the other being "closer to the game."
A HoloLens and a Surface Pro 3 could be seen at Microsoft's segment at the E3 2015 convention, wherein both devices demoed were running the Windows 10 Edition of Minecraft and were seamlessly playing together.
Two different playable modes were shown, one being a "wall" mode where a player can use an Xbox controller to interact and play with a conventional Minecraft world that was being projected holographically onto a wall. It is possible to resize the projection and also to fix the projection into place which allows for peering through from the left or right to get a different perspective similar to that of a window without the need of a controller. The other was a "reality" mode in which players are able to project a world in 3D atop of real-world objects such as a table without the need for a controller.
In reality mode, players are able to use voice commands and hand gestures among other features of the headset to interact with the world. It is possible to target specific areas of the map with voice commands by glimpsing towards them, for example looking directly at an object and using a command such as "lightning strike" would summon a lightning bolt relative to that area. Another example is the ability to "markup" an area by looking at an object which creates a vertical beam of light similar to Beacons. Voice commands can also be used to change the view of the world and allows for following a player with modes such as "close up" or "overview" to change how close the camera is to the player. Hand gestures such as pinching can be used to zoom into a particular area, pan around the world and also to move the world vertically.
The Windows 10 Edition can run on the Oculus Rift, via a free download from the Oculus Store .
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- Announcing: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta - Mojang.com; July 4, 2015
- The next generation of Windows: Windows 10 - Windows (Blogging Windows); January 21, 2015
- "well it has all features, it's the same. Basically it's 0.12!" – @_tomcc (Tommaso Checchi) on Twitter, July 4, 2015
- "Heads up, miners and crafters! As of Friday, October 19 at 11 AM CET, Minecraft: Java Edition will no longer include a copy of Minecraft for Windows 10. But don't fret – if you have a code, you can still redeem it after Friday!" – @Minecraft (Minecraft) on Twitter, October 17, 2018
- Microsoft HoloLens - Transform your world with holograms - Microsoft on YouTube; January 21, 2015
- "Microsoft Press Conference - E3 2015" – GameSpot on YouTube, June 15, 2015
- "That means that MCPE is going to get a lot of features, and that Win10 and MCPE players will be able to play together :)" – @_tomcc (Tommaso Checchi) on Twitter, July 4, 2015
- "I've tried 2 Minecraft projects on #HoloLens. One is a toy, one is closer to the game, both are awesome! Very much wip, but definitely real" – @jeb_ (Jens Bergensten) on Twitter, January 21, 2015
- I played 'Minecraft' with Microsoft's HoloLens - Engadget; July 8, 2015
- "We're thrilled to announce Minecraft for the #Rift! Tune in to the #OC2 keynotes: http://ocul.us/twitch" – @oculus on Twitter, September 24, 2016
- Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is Coming to Oculus Rift - Xbox Wire; September 24, 2015