Minecraft is one of the most popular PC games of the last few years, but there are two other editions of the popular crafting game that aren’t talked about as much: the Pocket Edition for iOS and Android devices, and a console version that’s currently exclusive to the Xbox 360, although there are editions for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and the PlayStation Vita in the works. While the core gameplay remains the same, there are a lot of little differences between the different editions.
The primary difference between the PC version of Minecraft and the other two editions is the crafting system. While the crafting recipes remain the same, neither the Pocket Edition nor the Xbox 360 edition require the player to arrange the ingredients on the crafting grid. Instead, the game simply shows the required ingredients as a list and the player simply selects how many to craft. Another significant difference is the world sizes. While the PC version allows for infinite worlds, the Pocket Edition’s world size is limited to 256 by 256 blocks and the Xbox 360 edition’s world size is limited to 864 by 864 blocks. This is a bit disappointing, but the primary reason for limiting the world size was to optimize performance while still allowing the player to dig extremely deep caverns.
While the Pocket Edition has been largely ignored, the Xbox 360 edition has been wildly successful, probably more so than Notch might have anticipated. In fact, the success of the Xbox 360 edition is likely partially responsible for the upcoming PlayStation editions. Although it’s best to play the original PC version if possible, the console editions are also quite good. No matter where you prefer to do your gaming, you can enjoy Minecraft.