What Devices Can I Play Minecraft On?

If you are planning to start playing Minecraft. The first thing is to know what devices can you play Minecraft on.

In this article, we talk about Minecraft compatible devices and their advantages and disadvantages.

What Devices Can I Play Minecraft On?

Below are the known devices that are compatible with Minecraft:

Desktops

Desktops are the first devices Minecraft was developed on and for. Because of this, desktops provide the best Minecraft gaming experience.

Laptops

Laptops are portable computers. Laptops have a similar or lower performance to desktops.

The benefit of playing Minecraft on a laptop is good performance and being able to play Minecraft from anywhere.

However, high-performance laptops can cost more than building a desktop.

Chromebooks

Minecraft can be played on Chromebooks. However, it’s not the Minecraft version meant for PCs and laptops. Compatible Minecraft versions are Bedrock, Education, and Pocket.

Chromebooks have lower performance than desktops and laptops. However, their affordable price makes them a good option for playing Minecraft.

Tablets and Smartphones

Tablets and smartphones are mobile devices that Minecraft can be played on. They are fantastic options if you like to play Minecraft on the bus, train, etc.

However, the gameplay is not as immersive as desktops and laptops. Because of the limited display size and controls.

Minecraft Java is not available on tablets and smartphones. Minecraft Bedrock and Pocket are the available versions on mobile devices.

What Is The Best Device To Play Minecraft On?

Minecraft was initially developed for PC and so has been optimized for that. This makes desktops and laptops are the best devices to play Minecraft on. Because out of all the devices.

They have the highest performance. Desktops and laptops can run Minecraft better. In addition to that, the large display sizes make the gameplay experience an immersive one.

The user interface is bigger allowing for more functions to be displayed. Keyboards and mice are far better input devices than touchscreens.

Reactions and tasks completed on Minecraft are completed faster compared to tablets and smartphones.

Always check the system requirements before getting a desktop or laptop for Minecraft.

System Requirements For Minecraft Compatible Devices

Desktops and Laptops

Minimum

  • Processor (CPU): Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or better
  • Memory (RAM): 4 GB
  • Graphics (GPU): Intel HD Graphics 4000 / AMD Radeon R5 series with OpenGL 4.4
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection for downloading Minecraft files before playing offline.
  • Storage: 2 GB HDD
  • OS:
    • Windows: Windows 7 and up
    • macOS: Any 64-bit OS X using 10.9 Maverick or newer
    • Linux: Any modern 64-bit distributions from 2014 onwards

Recommended

  • Processor (CPU): Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or better
  • Memory (RAM): 8 GB
  • Graphics (GPU): Nvidia GeForce 700 Series or AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series with OpenGL 4.5
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection for downloading Minecraft files before playing offline.
  • Storage: 4 GB SSD
  • OS:
    • Windows: Windows 10 64-bit
    • macOS: macOS 10.12 Sierra
    • Linux: Any modern distributions from 2014 onwards

Chromebooks

Hardware 
Required specification 
CPU 
Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz  AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent 
RAM 
2 GB 
GPU 
Integrated: Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge) or AMD Radeon R5 series (Kaveri line) with OpenGL 4.4  Discrete: Nvidia GeForce 400 Series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series with OpenGL 4.4 
HDD 
Minimum of 1 GB for game core, maps, and other files 

Tablets and Smartphones

Minecraft Bedrock

For Android

System: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

  • 0.12.1: Android 3.0
  • 0.8.0: Android 2.3
  • 0.5.0: Android 2.1

Graphics required: Any, as long as it has OpenGL ES 2.0 support

Storage space: 300 MB, but 100 to 1 GB is the maximum space needed to save a map

Processor: Any, with support of floating-point calculations (“ARM-v7a code”) and Neon

Supported Devices: Sony Ericson Xperia Play, X10i, Ray, Mini Pro, and Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Minecraft Bedrock Edition System Requirements For iOS

SystemiOS 8.0

  • 0.14.3: iOS 6
  • 0.14.1: iOS 5
  • 0.7.2: iOS 4.3.3

Graphics required: Any, as long as it has OpenGL ES 2.0 support

Storage space: 300 MB, but 100 to 1 GB is the maximum space needed to save a map

Processor: 600 MHz ARMv7 Cortex CPU, 1 GHz Apple A6 CPU

Minecraft Pocket


Android
iOS
Version
Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean” (MCPE 0.11.1 & under require Android 3.0 and up; MCPE 0.7.2 & under require Android 2.3.0 and up)
iOS 8.0 (MCPE 0.14.3 & under require iOS 6; MCPE 0.14.1 requires iOS 5; MCPE 0.7.2 & under require iOS 4.3.3 and up)
Processor
Any with support of floating-point calculations (“ARM-v7a code”)
600 MHz ARMv7 Cortex CPU
800 MHz Apple A5 CPU
Graphics
Any with support of OpenGL ES 2.0
Storage
12.5 MB (100 MB to 1GB is the max to save a map)
9.5 MB (100 MB to 1GB is the max to save a map)
Data Connection
Optional (Realms access)
Optional (Realms access)
Supported Devices
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10i Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
iPod Touch (5th, 6th Generation)
iPhone (4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus)
iPad (2nd, 3rd, 4th Generation, Air, Air 2)
iPad Mini (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Generation)
iPad Pro
more

Final Thoughts

Desktops are the best devices to play Minecraft on.

Laptops are the second-best devices to play Minecraft.

Chromebooks are the third devices to play Minecraft.

Finally, tablets and smartphones are the fourth and last devices to play Minecraft on.

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