What Systems Can You Play "Minecraft" On?

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One of the things that has made "Minecraft" so popular since its introduction is the fact that it can run on practically anything. It doesn't matter whether you're on a computer, mobile device or even a video game console, there is almost always a way to play some "Minecraft."

On a Computer

  • The PC was the first platform for "Minecraft." It was introduced for free in a very early alpha stage and has been growing ever since. Just about any computer will be able to run the game. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. As long as your computer has at least 2GB of RAM, Java Runtime Environment 6 or higher, a processor at least equivalent to the Intel P4, and a graphics card with OpenGL 1.2 support, you'll be fine. To improve performance, a faster processor and/or more RAM are better than an upgraded graphics card.

In Your Pocket

  • The smartphone is now more common than the feature phone. Practically everybody has one and just about every one of them can run "Minecraft: Pocket Edition." The newer your device, of course, the better it is likely to perform. This version of the game covers most of the basics found in the original game, but is drastically cut back in some ways due to the limitations of the hardware it is optimized for. You can find "Minecraft: Pocket Edition" in both the Google Play store and Apple's App Store.

On Your Television

  • "Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition" has been a record-breaker in the XBLA store. It is similar to the PC game, minus the modding community. As long as you have an Xbox 360 console with a hard disk drive, you can run it.

Other Versions

  • Other editions of "Minecraft" that were not yet released as of August 2013 include versions for Sony platforms such as the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Vita, as well as the Xbox One, all of which had been announced at that time. While a Nintendo version had not yet been announced, a Nintendo Wii U version is not unlikely, leaving all major console owners able to access the game.

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