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During Minecon 2015 in London, Owen Hill, Mojang Chief Word Officer announced the arrival of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. The upcoming version of the sandbox game will be available for release the same day the Windows 10 operating system debuts, July 29th.

Users who already own the PC version of Minecraft (aka the Java version) will be able to get the Windows 10 beta version for free at the Windows 10 store; future updates will be free of charge. For players who do not own the PC version, the app will cost $10 (cheaper than the PC version at US$29).

About the game modes, “not every version of Minecraft is exactly the same, but they all feature two distinct game modes – Creative and Survival – that cater to different types of players,” wrote Hill in the post.

Among the features Windows 10 users will experience with Minecraft:

  • Craft, create, and explore online with up to seven friends playing Windows 10 Edition Beta, through local multiplayer or with your Xbox Live friends online.
  • Play online and local multiplayer with other Pocket Edition players thanks to a free update, due to arrive soon after launch.
  • Support for multiple inputs – switch between controller, touch, and keyboard controls with little to no effort
  • Record and share gameplay highlights with built-in GameDVR.
  • Help shape the future of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta with built-in player feedback mechanisms
  • Chickens, zombies, pigs, boats, armed skeletons, potatoes, zombies, baby squids, enchantment tables, villagers, naked sheep, iron golems, potions, ghasts, pickaxes, carrots, and all the weird and wonderful goodness you’ve come to expect from Minecraft

[Source]: Xbox: Announcing Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta.

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