Minecraft Earth

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Minecraft Earth


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Latest version

iOS: Closed beta release 1 (July 16, 2019)
Android: ? (Closed beta ETA: Week of August 26)



  • iOS: ?
  • Android: N/A

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Minecraft Earth is an upcoming augmented reality (AR) mobile game.


Gameplay of Minecraft Earth.

In Minecraft Earth, players can build structures with other players and "place them in the real world at life-size".[2]

This version of Minecraft features many unique gameplay aspects and interactions similar to the main game.[3]

This is not a port of an existing game, and is an adaption of Minecraft (Bedrock), and Minecraft: Java Edition.[3] This version of the game is built off the Bedrock Engine.

This version of Minecraft utilizes Xbox Live.[4]

The game uses Azure's new Azure Spatial Anchors along with Open Maps technology to help with the experience. This helps map out where certain objects should be along with pining players builds.[3][5]

Build plates[edit]

Build plates are worlds that players can use to build on. They can be shared, and worked on by invited individuals.[3][5]

Build plates can vary from size, reaching up to 200 feet (60 metres).[3] Using the shop, players can upgrade the size of their plot, or buy a new plot. Plots can also be earned via a leveling system.

Build plates function like personal realms, and can be used anywhere. Players may invite friends to build with them locally and then share the world to others.[3][5]

Once a build is complete, if the player want to have a persistent hologram of their world pinned somewhere, it would need to be reviewed before its pinned.[3]

People who are not invited can interact with the pinned world locally; once they leave said world everything will be reset.[5] Only invited individuals can change the real world and take resources from it, non invited players cannot collect resources.[5]

Build Plates can be seen through the world as pinned worlds, and can be opened to explore and interact with.[5] To get your own, you will need to level up or purchase them through the store.

Build Plates can also be shared via a link, so you don't need to be near the pin to see creations.[3]The links shared can be temporary or never expiring.[3]


The game has been confirmed to have full microtransactions. The in game currency is Rubies, which is not to be confused with Minecoins.[3]

They can be used to purchase:[5]

  • Build plots
  • Potions


Closed beta[edit]


The closed beta for Minecraft Earth was launched for AR-compatible devices with iOS in the following cities:

July 16, 2019
  • London, England[6]
  • Seattle, Washington, United States[6]
July 17, 2019
  • Stockholm, Sweden[7]
  • Tokyo, Japan[8]
July 18, 2019
  • Mexico City, Mexico[9]


The closed beta for Minecraft Earth will be launched for AR-compatible devices with Android in the first five cities the closed iOS beta was also launched in (London, Seattle, Stockholm, Tokyo, Mexico City).

August 22, 2019

Pre-registration for the full game on the Google Play Store and registration for the closed beta on the Minecraft Earth site becomes available. The closed beta should become available next week (Week of August 26).[10]

System requirements[edit]

According to the sign-up page:

iOS Android
OS iOS 10.0 or later Android 7.0 "Nougat" or later
Compatible devices iPod touch (7th Gen)
iPhone (6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, XS Max, XR)
iPad (5th & 6th Gen, Air 3)
iPad Mini (5th Gen)
iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen)