The Early-Access Version of Minecraft is Now Available for Chromebooks
Minecraft is one of the most popular games that has been around for two decades now. It is widely available on various devices, including computers, game consoles, and smartphones. However, it was not available on Chromebooks until now. Microsoft has finally released the early-access version of Minecraft for Chromebooks as a preview version.
Minimum System Requirements
If you want to play the early-access version of Minecraft on your Chromebook, make sure that it meets the following minimum system requirements:
- ChromeOS 111 or later
- 64-bit support
- CPU equal to or better than Intel Celeron N4500, Intel Core i3-7130U, MediaTek MT8183, or Qualcomm SC7180
- At least 4GB of RAM
- 1GB of free space for the game installation
If you still cannot find the early-access version of Minecraft on the Google Play Store despite meeting the system requirement, this testing version is only available for hand-picked Chromebooks. Microsoft is still testing its performance before a wider rollout. As this version is an early-access version, expect some bugs, and if you do not want any game-breaking issues, it’s best to wait for the full and final version. Otherwise, it is perfect for gamers interested in testing the game earlier and helping developers fix issues.
Despite the Early Access label, you still need to pay to start playing the game. The bundle that includes both the Chromebook and the Android versions of Minecraft costs $20. Alternatively, you can upgrade your existing $7 Android version of the game to include the Chromebook release for $13.
It is worth noting that Minecraft has been available on Chromebooks as an Education Edition since 2020. However, it requires a Microsoft 365 Education account, which is not available to everyone, and neither the Linux nor the mobile Android versions are correctly optimized for Chromebooks.