Minecraft: Pocket Edition now available for Windows 10 Mobile

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Well, no great surprise to anyone, but Microsoft's Minecraft: Pocket Edition is now fully out for Windows 10 Mobile as a UWP game. The tech world made a big thing of Microsoft stopping updates for the old Windows Phone 8.1 version of the game last Autumn, but as with most of these cessation stories, the aim for the developers is to put out a full UWP application instead. Interestingly, although this is a Windows 10 UWP app, the official Desktop version is different - at least at the moment, though you could argue that the aims of Minecraft on Mobile and Desktop are very different anyway.

Windows Central had a launch interview with one of Minecraft's producers. Here's a section:


Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows 10 Mobile will launch today, bringing with it the latest Pocket Edition features, including the coveted Ender Update for mobile devices. Additionally, Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows 10 Mobile will bring dedicated Realm support to Windows phones for the first time. If that wasn't enough, Minecraft: PE will also include a ton of Xbox Live achievements.

To learn more about Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows 10 Mobile, we caught up with Minecraft: Pocket Edition's Executive Producer Jesse Merriam!

Jez Corden: Moving forward, can we expect Windows 10 Pocket Edition to receive the same updates as Windows 10 Edition on PC?

Jesse Merriam: Yes!

Jez: Can we expect that Minecraft PE on W10M support add-ons, as seen with the W10, iOS and Android versions of the game?

Jesse: Unequivocally yes. Windows 10 Mobile supports all core Windows 10 and Pocket Edition features, including add-ons. Bring on the chairs!

Jez: Any plans to support Continuum on the W10M version for those of us with monitor docks and phones like the HP Elite x3?

Jesse: We haven't announced anything yet, but we are super geeky, and we also have some pretty cool devices and docks we play with. Anything can happen. I wonder if we will do it or if someone's add-on will beat us to it?

Good stuff. Any Minecraft fans on AAWP? 

The lack of Continuum support is curious, but then you could argue that if you were wanting the big screen experience (and this is likely to be something you'd play at home rather than on the road) then you'd use the full Windows 10 edition in the first place?

You can buy Minecraft: Pocket Edition here in the Store.