The Bedrock Edition (also known as the Bedrock Platform, Bedrock Codebase or Bedrock Engine) refer to the multi-platform family of editions of Minecraft developed by Mojang AB and Microsoft Studios, originating from Pocket Edition. Prior to this term, this entire product family has been referred to using as "Pocket Edition", "MCPE", or "Pocket/Windows 10 Edition".
The Bedrock Edition includes Pocket Edition, Windows 10 Edition, Gear VR Edition, Apple TV Edition, and Fire TV Edition, and is soon to include ports to the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, all of which will be consolidated under the title of "Minecraft" (with no subtitle) starting with the release of the 1.2 Better Together Update.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The objective of the game remains the same as its Java and Console Edition counterparts, where players can build virtual realities in a sandbox-like environment. Like its counterparts, the Bedrock Edition also has survival elements present in other versions of the game such as brewing, hunger, and dimensions like the Nether and the End. The multiplayer mode is cross-platform compatible between all touch-screen devices capable of running the Bedrock Edition.
The HUD and other elements are adapted to mobile standards of gameplay. Interactions are made via touchscreen (both the iOS and Android versions of Bedrock Edition have the same gameplay). To comply with the disadvantages of touchscreen gameplay, several features were revised. For instance, the crafting system uses the MATTIS system and items are disposed by long-tapping their icon on the hotbar. For better visibility on mobile screens, blocks being aimed at are highlighted rather than outlined. Unlike mobile's crafting menu, Windows 10 Edition's crafting menu is similar to the Java and Console crafting menu. The game was released with graphics similar to that of Minecraft Alpha (bright green grass blocks, old cobblestone texture, etc.), but as of Alpha 0.8.0, graphics have become equivalent to the Java Edition with light tinting and shading affected by the Sun's position. Differences from the Java Edition include:
- Some mobs have some sort of difference from their Java Edition counterparts. See the Mobs section below.
- Multiplayer allows for 4 ways of player connection:
Exclusive features[edit | edit source]
Bedrock Edition differs from the Java Edition in a variety of ways, such as more vibrant graphics, revised terrain and exclusive items. The development team stated that once Bedrock Edition is up to date with Java, it will start making its own diverse progress.
Development[edit | edit source]
Release[edit | edit source]
A video of an early prototype was released on Twitter, showing the game on the Xperia PLAY. The alpha version was later released, and became no longer exclusive to the Xperia PLAY on the 7th of October 2011. The non-exclusive version was going to be released on September 29th for Android but there were several severe bugs that needed to be fixed; the release was delayed until the 7th of October.
A version for iOS devices was confirmed to be released before 2012 in an interview with Mojang and was subsequently released on the 17th of November 2011.
Alpha[edit | edit source]
After the initial releases for iOS and Android, updates were released in parallel, with the same features being added for both platforms. During the Alpha stage, various aspects of gameplay were introduced into Pocket Edition including: crafting, smelting, more blocks, items, mobs and more game modes to bring it closer to the Java Edition. As the Minecraft Pocket Edition development team works closely, often blocks released on the computer version are released around the same time for the Pocket Edition. Certain features were also tested on Pocket Edition before their Java releases, such as beetroots and their related items, and also block models.
Full Release[edit | edit source]
Builds[edit | edit source]
Starting on November 22, 2013, Mojang began to publicly release testing versions of full updates to Android users who opt into the beta program, in order to get major feedback, especially for bug reporting. This enabled the official updates to be considerably more stable.
Versions from 0.8.0 to 0.12.1 required opting into a Google+ group to receive development builds. Players would then see development updates appear as normal updates in the Play Store. On July 17, 2015, the Google+ group was removed due to the amount of spam and advertisements that the group attracted." On November 3, 2015, the PE Beta team published a dedicated blog which was subsequently used for users to opt into the 0.13.0 beta program and to display changelogs for these development builds.
Success[edit | edit source]
As of December 2013, Pocket Edition (the only Bedrock Codebase edition at the time) had sold 16.5 million copies, while at the same time, the Computer edition had sold 13 million. These calculations came out after the 0.8.0 update. This was considered a huge success, with Pocket Edition outselling both the Computer edition and Console Edition, despite being considered to be the least-developed at the time.
On December 2, 2016, Marsh Davies announced that Pocket Edition had sold over 40 million copies (at the time, Computer edition had sold over 24 million). It is not clear if this statistic included Windows 10 Edition and other Bedrock Codebase editions or not.[more information needed]
References[edit | edit source]
- Minecraft: Pocket Edition PEGI Rating
- Minecraft: Pocket Edition ACB Rating
- "Minecraft - Pocket Edition on iOS!" – Mojang
- “The Android and iOS version of Minecraft - PE are developed simultaneously.” – @Kappische, December 3, 2011