Mojang Studios' behemoth block-based sensation Minecraft has been available on the Xbox Game Pass subscription since March 2019, but only on the Xbox console variant. That's changing soon though, as the studio announced during this year's Minecraft Live presentation that Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers are also gaining the game starting on November 2.
It isn't just the Bedrock version either, as the original Java Edition is also hopping into the gaming subscription at the same time. To explain the main difference between the two, Bedrock is where cross-play is available, letting players across PC, consoles and even mobile devices join together for adventuring and building in unified servers, while the PC exclusive Minecraft Java Edition sports extensive mod support and a massive modding community behind it.
As the two versions are currently available via two different storefronts — Bedrock on Microsoft Store and Java on the Minecraft Launcher — Mojang is bringing the Bedrock Edition to the Minecraft Launcher for the first time. Following November 2, PC subscribers will be able to quickly swap between the versions without hassle. It's unclear when can regular owners start using this unified method though.
Minecraft is on schedule to receive the next major update, Caves & Cliffs: Part II, later this year, which is slated to massively overhaul world generation and upgrade the build height allowing for even more freedom.