Microsoft and Mojang are bringing Minecraft to Chromebooks, specifically the Bedrock Edition. Unfortunately, you’ll need a fairly modern Chromebook to play it, and what that means is going to baffle a number of frustrated parents.
In a blog post, Mojang said it doesn’t have a release date for the full version of Minecraft Bedrock Edition on ChromeOS, though the company plans to release updates as close to the time for other platforms as possible. That means the version for Chromebooks will include the Trails and Tails update, with its ability to ride camels and other features. Technically, what’s being released is an “Early Access” edition.
However, “Early Access” means bugs. Mojang doesn’t promise that the version of the game released for Chromebooks won’t have its own unique glitches, though it is trying to work with early adopters to resolve them before the game’s actual release.
As skyrim minecraft has long been a staple across various gaming platforms, including PC, consoles, and even a mobile version. However, the game’s absence on Chromebooks was a notable gap in its availability. Users can now simply visit the Google Play Store and search for the game on Android, where they can also find the new version. (The Chrome OS version will be sold separately, Mojang says.)
Once downloaded, players can sign in with their Microsoft account or create a new one. Since this is the Bedrock Edition, you will be able to play on multiple platforms.
The problem, if any, is that you’ll need a fairly modern Chromebook. Today, “modern” means anything from an Intel Celeron 4500 and up, as defined by Mojang. That’s unfortunate, given that last year’s Black Friday Chromebook deals covered the Celeron N4020 and N4120 Chromebooks on the low end — around $150. Mid-range Chromebooks included Pentium Silver N6000 or even Core i3.
The minimum specs to play Minecraft on a Chromebook
- OS: Chrome OS 111
- System architecture: 64-bit (x86_64, arm64-v8a)
- processor: Intel Celeron N4500, Intel i3-7130U, Mediatek MT8183, Qualcomm SC7180 or better
- Memory: 4GB RAM
- Storage: Minimum 1 GB installation of games, maps and other files
A big problem? It’s not really obvious what is “better” than the Celeron N4500 that meets the minimum specifications. Intel notes that the N4500 launched in early 2021, so chances are if you bought a Chromebook in the last year or so your Minecraft the game is covered. But Intel’s decision to drop the Intel Celeron name in 2022, and replacing it with just a generic “Intel Processor” brand, could lead to confusion.
In fact, Intel’s sparse approach to the Chromebook naming scheme is going to take a pretty harsh spotlight. Today, Chromebooks are built around the Celeron brand (N3000, N4000, etc.), Celeron 6000 brand, Pentium Silver brand, Intel Processor brand, as well as Core m3 and Core i3 processors. What is better? What qualifies as a Minecraft-capable processor? Why aren’t AMD’s A-series processors included?
In fact, parents may need to figure out if their MediaTek or Qualcomm processor qualifies as well, or, if not, which Chromebook they need to buy instead. Add to this Mojang rating that game requirements can change over time, and kids and parents alike can be frustrated with how this all plays out during these early days for Minecraft on Chromebooks.
This story was updated at 2:51 p.m. with additional details.