In the context: For those who have played Minecraft for years, this is a gift that keeps on giving. Its vibrant modding community is constantly creating new content and features, while the folks at Mojang release new updates at semi-regular intervals. Overall, it’s a very comprehensive content pack, but it’s also in a strange place, being a title with two similar but completely different versions: Bedrock and Java Edition.

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Java is, by and large, a more powerful and feature-rich version of Minecraft, but it lacks the compatibility and cross-platform play support of its Bedrock cousin. In addition, the Bedrock Edition comes with microtransactions, RTX support, and several other exclusive features (not to mention a wider range of supported devices).

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Historically, you had to choose between two versions, but soon that won’t be the case. Later today, these two separate editions will be Only sold as a set called “Minecraft: Java and Bedrock Edition.“The price is still the same $26.95 it’s been for years, but you don’t have to (or even can’t) buy these versions separately.

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To be clear, this does not mean that Java and Bedrock are losing their identity, although you cannot buy them separately, of course, you can play them separately. They will both appear in the Minecraft launcher and you can choose which version you want to launch as you wish. This is probably one of the main reasons why Microsoft forced Minecraft players to transfer their Mojang accounts to Microsoft accounts a few weeks ago.

If you already own Minecraft Bedrock or Java Edition, you will automatically get the other version for free. The appropriate version should appear in your Minecraft Launcher shortly, but if it doesn’t, be sure to contact Microsoft support for help (and transfer your account if you haven’t already).