Editorial: Minecraft Windows 10 Edition is Microsoft's vision for Minecraft

Since the purchase of Mojang last year, Microsoft has done a remarkable job of both keeping their distance from Minecraft development, and helping it grow. While they haven't (at least to public knowledge) forced the developers to do anything they didn't want to, they have helped speed along development with Pocket Edition.

But at Minecon 2015, possibly the biggest surprise was a brand new edition of Minecraft - designed from the ground up for Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system coming out later this month. Well, "built from the ground up" isn't exactly accurate, Mojang Pocket Edition developer Tomaso said this about the game on Reddit:
This version IS pocket edition. It's based on PE, it's C++, and we mean to keep it on par forever. It is NOT another version of Minecraft! Also, we're aiming for feature parity! We won't have mods for now, but the important thing is that you know it. Also, both PE and Win10 support all controllers. Xbox Live is not required. It's compatible, but the 7 people limit is only there because it's PE! It's just that there isn't a dedicated server right now.

So essentially Minecraft Windows 10 Edition is (like Mojang previously said) based on Pocket Edition, and uses Pocket Edition code. Mojang (and Microsoft) aim to not only keep Pocket Edition and Windows 10 Edition using the same codebase, but still work towards adding every feature PC edition has. In an update for Windows 10 Edition arriving shortly after the first beta release, you will even be able to play with Pocket Edition players.

But hidden between quotes from the developers is something even bigger than Windows 10 Edition. Mojang and Microsoft, using Pocket Edition's C++ code to start with, are working towards re-implementing PC Edition in something other than Java. This is major news, and Windows 10 Edition could eventually replace the current Java edition.

Probably the most worried players are Minecraft owners on Mac and Linux, obviously because 'Windows 10 Edition' is exactly what is sounds like. But the Mojang developers tried their best to put out the fires of angry Linux users, with Tomaso saying this:
We support Linux, it runs on Linux, in fact this codebase runs literally everywhere and that is the entire point! Don't be afraid :)

This could mean that Windows 10 Edition, or at least the codebase, is planned to be released on other platforms later in the future. For the first time ever, all Minecraft players could play together with the same features. But of course this has another downside - unless Microsoft supports it, the modding community could die out. We shall have to see how Microsoft's vision for Minecraft plays out, and where it leaves anyone without Windows.

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RedEdge
July 7, 2015 at 4:42 AM delete

I hope the java PC edition is replaced by win 10 edition in the future and hopefully Mac and linux edition too. It would be nice if they supported mods but I mostly play vanilla so I would be OK with no mod support too.

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July 7, 2015 at 4:48 AM delete

Can't wait for Win10! If 0.12 doesn't come for iOS on July 29th, I can play it early on Win10 Edition. :D

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Twistedgaming Minecraft
July 7, 2015 at 5:53 AM delete

So since they claim windows and pe edition support all controllers, would I be able to use my Xbox one controller or my Xbox 360 controller on pe

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Twistedgaming Minecraft
July 7, 2015 at 5:54 AM delete

And how would I connect the controllers to pe

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carpet111
July 7, 2015 at 8:02 AM delete

all the mods are written in java, how do you think the modding community will be after that? a lot of people are into mods. why cant we have both, it sounds like windows 10 edition is basically pocket edition so it wont need much more attention than the pocket edition version. the reason that this would be a problem for the modding community is that what mods are written in is java, if they only know java then they cant make mods for a c++ game.

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RedEdge
July 7, 2015 at 8:07 AM delete

There could be the possibility of having both, and for a long time there will be. Hey, PBR might be wrong and windows 10 edition might never even replace java edition. If they make a good mod api for win 10 edition then I bet there will be no need for the java edition anymore. They are also trying to bring more attention to PE and all the editions becuase they want to unify them so whatever you play it on its the same. That's why it would be weird to have a java edition in the future when that happens.

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FangzYT
July 7, 2015 at 9:06 AM delete

I'd assume that if you have a Bluetooth controller, you could pair them very easily. But if you have a wired controller, you'd need to buy an adaptor for the type of device you have (ex: USB to microUSB/Lightning connector).

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July 7, 2015 at 10:29 AM delete

You would be able to use both on Windows 10 Edition, but I don't think they would work on Pocket Edition. Only on Android, and probably then only the wired 360 controller with a USB-OTG cable.

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July 7, 2015 at 11:34 AM delete

I think you can actually use both I once saw a video of gameplay from minecon that they were using an Xbox one controller and Xbox 360

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dickyduck
July 8, 2015 at 1:33 AM delete

Could this means pc will be coded in c++

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Redstoneminer
July 10, 2015 at 1:47 AM delete

If Windows 10 Edition is just PE on the PC, then I'm sticking with Java.

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July 12, 2015 at 5:55 AM delete

C++ is a much better language than Java, and it will attract more developers.

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G.A.I.N Awesomeness
July 16, 2015 at 10:43 PM delete

Im confused is the update only for windows 10 edition because of the conroller thing or do they take off the controller thing for androids and ios. That would make me made if it was the controller that stopped the rest of us from the update

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dickyduck
July 18, 2015 at 1:09 AM delete

Well they say mcpe and window 10 edition support all controller but i dont know how to play mcpe with controller with the exception nvidia shield tablet which support controller :D

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September 5, 2015 at 12:50 PM delete

[…] We actually wrote a few months ago about how Windows 10 Edition embodies Microsoft's vision for Minecraft. Essentially, Microsoft wants everyone on every platform to have the same Minecraft experience – and even play together. There's a lot more work to be done to get there, but Minecraft PE 0.12.0/Windows 10 Edition cross-play is a huge step in that direction. […]

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