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Overworld Update for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and Pocket Edition

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition and Pocket Edition continue to add to the framework.

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition and Minecraft: Pocket Edition are going to receive the Overworld Update later this month, which will add a myriad of features. Here's a few notable features of the update:

  • The ability to create even more "mechanical contraptions" with additional redstone components.
  • You can now import and export maps, in order to share with friends.
  • You can also mount items and maps to using "Items Frames", in order to show off your adventures to visitors to your world,

This addition of these features will bring the Windows 10 and Pocket Editions - which both run in C++ - closer to the "original" version of Minecraft, that was created using Java. While the Java-based Minecraft can still be played as was originally intended, the C++ versions are meant to optimize the games code and allow the title to run more efficiently.

Fans of the series aren't completely happy about the existence of the new versions of the game, as its development seems to be prioritized over the Java-version of the title. While Microsoft seems to want a monopoly on the Minecraft series, it still exists in its original format across multiple platforms.

There is probably a good reason why the Java hasn't been phased out completely at the moment. While the Minecraft community has created many wonderful mods over the years, the newer Editions have no support for mods as of yet (you do have the option to add character skins).

What the Windows 10 Edition does offer is the ability to record your actions in-game with screenshots and video using Windows 10 "Game Bar." This version also supports the ability to play online with friends using your Xbox Live account.

The newer versions still require time to catch the original Minecraft in terms of gameplay options, as the Windows 10 Edition is still in beta at the moment. If you own a machine running Windows 10, you can download the beta for $9.99. The latest update will drop sometime later this month.

Published Feb. 10th 2016

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