Get Minecraft Windows 10 Edition (Beta) for Free!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

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Minecraft Windows 10 Edition | oprainfall

With Microsoft’s new OS, Windows 10, launching tomorrow, an extra goody is here to celebrate the occasion. There are 20 million or so players who own Minecraft for PC/Mac. Those who also have Windows 10 can get the new Minecraft Windows 10 Edition for free. Just go to Mojang.com and log into your Mojang account. You can then redeem your free copy of the game. Keep in mind that Minecraft Windows 10 Edition is beta software, so there are likely some bugs hiding here and there.

So, what is so special about Minecraft Windows 10 Edition? Probably the best thing about it is that it is not written in Java like the original game. It is essentially Minecraft Pocket Edition, which is written in C++. C++ is of course faster than the Java nonsense that the original game is written in, so you get better performance in-game. In fact, if you have Minecraft Pocket Edition, it can see Minecraft Windows 10 Edition servers. You can’t join them yet due to a version mismatch, but that will likely get fixed in the future. Unifying Minecraft so that different versions can all play together would be a great thing, and this version may be the first step towards that future. Don’t expect a bunch of huge new features in this version, at least not yet. It’s brand new after all, but that will change in time.

I should mention that you may have trouble redeeming your copy of the game at first since the server is pretty busy with many people trying to get it. After a handful of tries, I was able to redeem and download my copy of Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta. If you love Minecraft, there’s really no reason not to nab your copy. Just remember that you must already own Minecraft for PC/Mac, and have Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system.

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Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the free version of the Unity engine (a powerful and easy-to-use game engine).

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.




  • Tara

    Based on what I know about Windows 10’s update system, I have no intention of even touching it, I don’t care if it’s “free”. Based on what I’ve been able to find, Windows 10 is indeed free. Windows 10 will install all updates, whether you want them or not. This means if Microsoft decides to send out some stupid widget for your desktop, it’ll be installed whether you want it or not. A program similar to Vista’s “Windows Mail”? Yeah, you’re getting that, too. Oh, and that also means that if Microsoft comes to the decision they want to automatically upgrade you to the next version of Windows? (Windows 11, sort of, they’ve stated they’re only going to call it “Windows” from now on.) Yeah, that’s gonna happen, too… but “Windows 11” will likely be a paid subscription service. Basically, you’re gonna reach a point where that “Free” Windows 10 comes back, holding important updates hostage until you pay a subscription fee… or maybe even outright upgrading you, and holding your data hostage.

    But hey, Microsoft is offering free candy (AKA Minecraft), so by all means, get into the Microsoft Van with the nice stranger. I’m sure they’re not going to do anything bad. >.>