Minecraft's Java and Bedrock versions are coming to PC via Xbox Game Pass next month.
For the first time, PC players will be able to play Minecraft with console friends via Xbox Game Pass. Both the Java and Bedrock versions of Minecraft will be added to Game Pass for PC, allowing for cross-play with "with any current version, including consoles and mobile."
Announced during the Minecraft Live event which took place over the weekend, the Minecraft: PC Bundle means that Windows 11 and Windows 10 players can switch between different editions via the unified Minecraft Launcher. Minecraft has been available on the console version of Game Pass for quite a while, but this bundle marks the first time the Java version will be available as part of the PC subscription service.
Minecraft is Coming to Xbox Game Pass on PC
Minecraft's Java edition is notably better for modding, and given that the game lends itself perfectly to mods, this will likely come as welcome news for many fans. The Bedrock edition is better for cross-platform but, as it stands, cross-platform play between the two editions is still not available.
It's worth noting that, in order to play with friends, all parties will need to be playing the same edition of the game. Thankfully, thanks to the Minecraft Launcher with PC Game Pass, you'll be able easily switch between the two without having to jump through any additional hoops.
Minecraft will be available on PC Xbox Game Pass on Nov. 2, 2021.