Minecraft Preview is now available on Windows via the Microsoft Store
The Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta program is a great way for interested Minecraft players to find out what’s next after Mojang Studios’ legendary survival game. However, the current iteration of the beta has several compromises, including being limited to certain platforms and not allowing players to simultaneously enjoy the official version of Minecraft. On Monday, Mojang Studios announced Minecraft Preview, which will eventually replace the old beta program in its entirety.
Minecraft Overview is a separate game at Minecraft: Bedrock Edition. Arriving initially on Windows and iOS devices, the introduction of Minecraft Preview means the resolution of many of the complaints plaguing the current Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta program. Greater ease of access, availability on more platforms, and further separation between experimental and official builds are all by-products of the Minecraft Preview release. Here’s what you need to know:
- More platforms. Minecraft Preview may be coming to more platforms than the current beta program, which is only available on Xbox, Windows, and Android devices. Minecraft Preview is already available on Windows, iOS, and Xbox, but may even come to platforms like PlayStation and Nintendo Switch in the future.
- Access to vanilla Minecraft. One of the biggest complaints about the Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta is how it restricts access to the official Minecraft version (preventing multiplayer and more) without opting out of the beta. With Minecraft Preview, this will no longer be a problem. Players will be able to participate in testing early versions of Minecraft and simultaneously play the official version of Minecraft on the same device, as they are separate games.
- Different ways to access. On each platform, players will have to access Minecraft Preview in a unique way, thanks to the differences between the ecosystems.
- On iOS, Minecraft Preview will be available through iOS TestFlight. This means that there will be limited places available for players to register
- On Xbox and Windows, Minecraft Preview will be free to anyone who owns Minecraft: Bedrock Edition
- Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to access Minecraft Preview through their subscription on Xbox and Windows
- On Windows, Minecraft Preview will eventually be added to the Minecraft Launcher
- Restricted features. Minecraft Preview will of course not be the completed Minecraft: Bedrock Edition experience, because some things need to be separated. For example:
- Minecraft Realms, cross-platform multiplayer and achievements will not be available
- Minecraft Preview players can enjoy multiplayer with each other, but not with Minecraft: Bedrock Edition players
- Minecraft Marketplace and Marketplace content may not be available
- Settings and options may not transfer to Minecraft Preview from Bedrock Edition
- While worlds can be copied to Minecraft Preview from Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, worlds played in Minecraft Preview can not be transferred to the Bedrock edition
- Beta Replacement. While Minecraft: Bedrock Edition will continue to receive normal betas (like the most recent beta), Minecraft Preview will eventually replace the program as a more accessible and convenient way to experience what’s to come next in Minecraft. This includes future content updates like The Wild Update, which is expected to arrive later in 2022.
Mojang Studios is releasing Minecraft Preview for the first time on Windows and iOS devices. This marks the first time early versions of Minecraft: Bedrock Edition have been released on iOS devices, which should include a significant number of players playing on their phones or tablets. Over time, Minecraft Preview will be available on more Minecraft: Bedrock Edition platforms, meaning even PlayStation and Nintendo Switch players will be able to take part in testing upcoming updates to one of the best Xbox games you’ve ever seen. can play.
Players can sign up now to access Minecraft Preview on iOS, followed by Windows shortly after. Xbox Insiders on console can also start testing Minecraft Preview in its early stages. Once the Minecraft Preview becomes available wherever the Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta program is, the old beta will be retired.
Update, February 7, 2022 (12:30 p.m. CT) — Minecraft Preview is now available on Xbox through the Xbox Insider Program
Xbox console players can now test Minecraft Preview via the Xbox Insider program. All Xbox Insiders can head over to the Xbox Insider Hub and join the new Minecraft Preview program. This is the first phase of a two-phase test plan and is intended to gather feedback on the new game. You do not need to own Minecraft: Bedrock Edition to participate in this Minecraft Preview test.
Update, February 9, 2022 (4:10 p.m. CT) — Minecraft Preview is now available on Windows if you own Minecraft: Bedrock Edition
Players who already own Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on Windows 10 or Windows 11 can now download and try Minecraft Preview for free. The game can be installed from the Microsoft Store; to install it you will need to sign in with your Microsoft account and you may need to refresh the page. You can find Minecraft Preview on the Microsoft Store.
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