In a move that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, Minecraft is coming to Windows 10 soon, as announced by Xbox Wire. Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta will be released on July 29th.
Like the original, it is promised that this version will “develop and evolve over time with the help of your feedback”. Updates will still be free so there is no need to worry about having to pay for new features. Finally when the game comes out of the beta period you will still have the game at no extra cost.
To get the Windows 10 version of Minecraft, you either have to have the PC version of the original Minecraft or you can get it for $10 from the Windows store. While the duration of the beta has not yet been decided, there is a bright side to buying the beta. You will get it at a discounted price and you will still have the game when it is no longer in the beta phase.
Some new and existing features from other versions (like the Pocket Edition) of the game will be added into the Windows 10 version of Minecraft, including:
- Cross platform play with up to 7 other friends through local multiplayer, Xbox Live, or even the Pocket Edition (Pocket Edition support will arrive after launch)
- Support for controllers, touch pads, and keyboard, which can be switched between “with little to no effort”.
- Built in GameDVR for recording and sharing gameplay (great for scenarios where you “accidentally” burn down your friend’s house or replace the blocks in their house with Silverfish)
- Built in 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“