Special Raspberry Pi version of Minecraft announced

Minecraft is a huge hit on the PC, Xbox 360, iOS and Android platforms. Now Mojang, the development team behind the sandbox game, has announced that it will develop a version of the game that will run on the Linux-based Raspberry Pi PC.

A quick reminder: The Raspberry Pi is a bare bones PC that is currently being sold for $35 (a $25 version is also in the works). The Mojang blog has posted up the first details about the version of Minecraft that it is being created for the small PC.

The blog states that the actual game is based on the Pocket Edition of Minecraft, but with some new features and support for multiple programming languages. The blog adds:

The possibilities are massive. You could organize the cheapest LAN party of all time, or use the Pi to learn the fundamentals of programming on a miniscule budget. It’s like hacking your way into Minecraft and modifying the game world with code, a bit like being Notch, Jeb, or Nathan, but arguably more fun and less stressful.

The best part? The Minecraft: Pi Edition will be free to download for Raspberry Pi owners. A specific release date was not announced.

Source: Mojang | Image via Mojang

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Chances are this version will only really run well on the newest versions of the RPi but even then the full desktop version runs happily in 512MB ram.

shinji257 said,
Chances are this version will only really run well on the newest versions of the RPi but even then the full desktop version runs happily in 512MB ram.

Full minecraft version has a requirement of 384MB memory free minimum so won't work at all on the old model raspberry pi and might work on the new model, that's just memory though, CPU wise it won't run the desktop version at all at a usable speed, even if it was overclocked.

n_K said,

Full minecraft version has a requirement of 384MB memory free minimum so won't work at all on the old model raspberry pi and might work on the new model, that's just memory though, CPU wise it won't run the desktop version at all at a usable speed, even if it was overclocked.

Actually if you start the class files directly (rather than using the launcher) it will run with a 256MB configuration and quite well. The launcher will reset the heap back to 1GB if you try to set it lower than 512MB though so you have to bypass the launcher to get lower.

shinji257 said,
Chances are this version will only really run well on the newest versions of the RPi but even then the full desktop version runs happily in 512MB ram.

Seeing how this isn't based on the desktop version and there will be some optimizations I'd say that comparison isn't worth a lot.

GS:ios

If it's based on the pocket edition it will be Minecraft but with probably 80% of the originals content missing. Including the Sky. xD

But I do still think hey.. It's there. I doubt it will be popular but it's available.

carmatic said,
will it even be in 3d?

No one said it'd be the client, Minecraft comes in two part, server and clients. The pi would be able to run the server without much problem, although it'd be slow loading chunks.. it's still part of the Linux ethos of making it work simply because,.. well because they can.

sagum said,

No one said it'd be the client, Minecraft comes in two part, server and clients. The pi would be able to run the server without much problem, although it'd be slow loading chunks.. it's still part of the Linux ethos of making it work simply because,.. well because they can.

They said it would be based on the Pocket Edition so it implies the client version. It also implies that there probably won't be a server version.

shinji257 said,

They said it would be based on the Pocket Edition so it implies the client version. It also implies that there probably won't be a server version.


Well, Pocket Edition actually is both a client as well as a server.

GS:ios

Glassed Silver said,

Well, Pocket Edition actually is both a client as well as a server.

GS:ios

Touché

I keep forgetting about that.

shinji257 said,

Touché

I keep forgetting about that.


Haha, yeah, it's easy to forget as this hadn't been in the first release, which was basically a version stripped down to the very bones of the game.

GS:mac