Minecraft Platforms, Versions, and Editions
Minecraft is available on a variety of different platforms, with each platform having its own version of the game. Some versions of the game are not compatible with others, so we have put together this guide to help you understand the differences. We have also included what we offer for each platform at our Club Minecraft events.
The first and original version of Minecraft is for Windows, Mac, or Linux computers. The game can be downloaded from the Minecraft website, is about £18, and you will need an email address to register the game.
This version of the game is the most advanced, has the most options available, and leads the development of all the other versions of the game.
At Club Minecraft , we run four simultaneous official servers that we can configure to play almost unlimited types of games.
This version of the game is for tablets and phones, running on Android, iOS and Windows, but is not compatible with the original Minecraft game. The game can be downloaded from an App store on a tablet or phone, and is about £5. You will need an App store account to purchase it.
This version of the game is slightly behind the original version, however many features are transferred to this platform after being release on the computer version.
At Club Minecraft , we run a server; however, it is not officially supported by Minecraft and can be problematic. There are not a lot of configuration options so the game types are limited.
This version of the game is for Windows 10 only, and is still being developed. This means there may be some small bugs, which could cause the game to glitch or crash. It is compatible with Minecraft Pocket edition, allowing players to join each other’s games or a server. The game can be downloaded from the Microsoft App store and is about £15.
This version of the game is developed at the same rate as the pocket edition, slightly behind the computer version. Again, many features are transferred to this version after being release on the computer version.
At Club Minecraft , we run a server; however, it is not officially supported by Minecraft and can be problematic. There is not a lot of configuration options so the game types are limited.
This version of the game is for Raspberry Pi computers and comes free with the Raspberry Pi software.
This version of the game is the original concept game (Alpha) and is very, very limited, but still a lot of fun. A Raspberry Pi is about £20 and you will need a keyboard mouse and monitor to use it. The software is downloaded from the internet and loaded onto a memory card, which is then inserted into the Raspberry Pi.
At Club Minecraft , we cannot run a server, as they are not supported in any capacity, however, if enough players wish to play on Raspberry Pi then we can run a game that people can connect too. This version has many configuration options but needs to be coded in Python, a computer programming language. While this can be difficult to start with, it is a great starting point for any interested in computers, electronics, and programming.