The popularity of Minecraft, a sandbox video game, has skyrocketed. The scope, level of complexity, and variety of gameplay in this game are enormous, and user-generated content has helped to further develop them. Additionally, the block adventure is complex because it exists in several versions and on various platforms.
While the game has appeared on almost all of the major gaming platforms over the past ten years, there are only two main versions from which the innumerable variations have been derived: the original Java Edition and the Bedrock Edition, which was designed with mobile & consoles in mind. These two platforms are, at least on the most obvious, surface level, quite comparable. However, these primary skews of Minecraft deviate in a variety of ways on the inside.
Despite the Java Edition's overall high level of flexibility, cross-play, or multiplayer networking across many platforms, is not supported. Only users of the Java Edition of Minecraft can play with other Java Edition users.
However, people who choose Bedrock can communicate with Bedrock users on any other platform. So long as the Bedrock version is being used, a player on a PC can communicate with gamers on a PS4, Xbox Series X, and Switch.
Having said that, people seeking a better multiplayer experience should normally choose the Java version. The reason is that this edition supports more custom games and minigames, as well as larger multiplayer servers.
2. File storage format
In contrast to Bedrock, Java Edition uses a distinct "world format." The Anvil format, which the Java Edition uses, has been enhanced and improved over the Region format. In the meantime, LevelDB, a quick key-value storage library created at Google, is used by Bedrock.
After getting past the technical details, this essentially means that because the world-generating processes are distinct, they are not compatible with one another. Additionally, it implies that the majority of third-party tools developed for the Java Edition world editing won't function with the Bedrock Edition.
3. Red stones and commands
The majority of the differences between the two versions' Redstone circuits and programming commands would be incomprehensible to someone who isn't experienced with coding. In short, the Java Edition has more advanced and diverse commands and Redstone features.
Semi-connected Redstone circuits are not supported by the Bedrock Edition. This also applies more broadly to particular commands. For example, the more restrictive Bedrock Edition does not allow the "/give" command to be used for bespoke objects.
4. Gaming platforms
These different Minecraft versions' compatibility with various platforms is one of their main differences. Only computers running Linux, macOS, or Windows can use Java Edition.
However, Bedrock Editionsm is supported on PC, mobile, and a number of consoles, including the Xbox One, PS4, Switch, 360, and PS3. The Bedrock Edition can potentially run on smart TVs, streaming devices, and Chromebooks, though the latter requires extensive hacking.
5. Hardcore mode
The Java Edition offers a good five game modes for players to get lost in: the traditional Survival, Creative, Adventure, Spectator, and the taxing Hardcore level. Not that this enormous open-world game needs it, of course.
The final choice is the most challenging because it starts players off with only one life and a harsher difficulty level in the game that cannot be decreased. Players of the Bedrock Edition are exempt from the harshness and frustrating gameplay this option includes because Hardcore Mode is absent from this edition.
6. Interface and controls
The versatility of the Bedrock Edition's controller support may not be as great as it could be overall. Because it was created with consoles and mobile devices in mind, this version of Minecraft provides the option to change the movement controllers (and touch controls if playing on mobile).
Although the Java Edition allows for extensive input modification, this version is built to make use of the precise movements and speedy inputs that a keyboard and mouse configuration can provide. Technically speaking, some versions of Bedrock support keyboard and mouse use. This input isn't the best for Bedrock because they have varying degrees of support, aren't supported for the Switch version, frequently need configuration, and aren't supported at all.
7. Performance and Horsepower
The Java Edition manages to look & play better on powerful gaming PCs since it has a higher performance and visual ceiling. But Bedrock is made to run more steadily and smoothly on less powerful hardware.
The Bedrock Edition was created for a wide range of platforms and is intended to be more adaptable in terms of performance. It has a smoother frame rate and speedier load times. Although it doesn't often shine as brightly as the Java Edition, it is a more forgiving version technically.
8. Flexibility in Modding
Both Minecraft versions support modifying to some extent, while Bedrock has fewer options and charges extra for them in the form of "add-on" packs. Java, on the other hand, offers an almost limitless selection of entertaining user mods and original games.
This encompasses both single-player & online multiplayer servers and gives players a fresh perspective on this already large game. The game's apparent endless flexibility and freedom in modding is a big part of its attraction, as well as the Java Edition, is significantly more capable in this regard.