Minecraft Windows 10 Vs Java Version: Best For You?

A debate that we commonly hear from Minecraft players is, which Minecraft version is better?

Today we will bring this debate to an end because, in this article, we will be comparing the Minecraft Windows 10 VS Java Version. So if you’re someone who can’t decide which version of Minecraft to buy, make sure to read this article till the end.

Windows 10 Minecraft

Windows 10 Minecraft edition is an edition created for Windows 10 and above. Some people call it the PC version of the Bedrock edition. After some recent updates; there isn’t any difference between the two, and also Windows 10 Players can play with all the Bedrock players.

Java Edition Minecraft

The Java edition is the first and original version of Minecraft developed in 2010. It is only available for the following PCs:

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • mac OS

Which Version Has Better Mods, Minecraft Windows 10 VS Java Version?

Both Java and Windows 10 editions of Minecraft support mods. But because the Java version has been here since 2010 and the Windows 10 only since 2015, the Java edition has a lot more mods. Also, the mods of Java are of a higher standard and are also more fun compared to Windows 10 Edition.

Minecraft Windows 10 VS Java Version

When it comes to mods, you can expect Windows 10 edition to catch up to the Java edition, but it will never have more mods than Java.

Which Version Would Cost Less

The Java edition of Minecraft comes with a price tag of 26.95$ while the Windows 10 edition sells at 26.99$. There is also a starter package for Windows 10 Edition in Minecraft that costs 29.99$ and offers the following things:

  • Base game
  • 2 Skin Packs
  • 700 Minecoins
  • 1 Mash-Up Pack
  • 1 Texture Pack
  • 1 World

Though there isn’t much price difference, the Windows 10 edition has a significant setback when it comes to convenience. 

The Java Edition includes all mods, textures, and everything else that Minecraft has to offer, and you can use all of that without paying a penny. 

Many of these things are missing in the Windows 10 edition, but you can download their variants from different platforms on the internet mostly for free but sometimes by paying. This is why the Windows 10 edition also includes optional in-game purchases. 

You can buy the following things in Windows 10 edition by making an in-game purchase:

  • Skins
  • Textures
  • Game mods

Hence if you don’t want to go through the hassle of downloading things afterward or pay additional money for stuff, you should go for the Java edition.


The Java Edition of Minecraft has high graphics, and therefore it is mandatory to have a high-end computer to support its graphics. Otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy pure graphics, and the game may also keep on crashing. Besides this, you will experience dropped frames and it will also take a long time to load massive worlds.

Recommended Hardware Specification for Java edition:

  • Intel Core i5-4690 / AMD A10-7800 APU or equivalent
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 4 GB on SSD
  • Graphics card with OpenGL 4.5
Minecraft Java edition graphics

In the Windows 10 edition, you won’t face any of these issues as it is designed to run on just about anything.

If you have a PC that meets the recommended hardware specifications and want to experience the best graphics, you can go for the Java edition. Otherwise, buying the Windows 10 edition would be a better idea.

Controller Support

As both editions are for PCs, they support a keyboard and Mouse. But if you want to play with a gaming console on your computer, you might have a slight problem with the Java edition.

The thing is that even though the Java edition was launched five years earlier than the Windows 10 edition, it still doesn’t have controller support. You can install some third-party apps like joyTokey to play with a console, but it’s still inconvenient.

Windows 10 edition doesn’t require you to download a third-party app; you just need to plug in your controller and get started.

Cross-Platform Play

Java users can only play with other Java players. However, the players from Windows 10 edition can play with Bedrock players from other devices like:

  • Xbox
  • PlayStation
  • Mobile devices (Android and Ios mobiles and tablets)
  • Nintendo Switch
Cross-platform Play in Minecraft

So if you want to play a cross-platform multiplayer match with your friends, you should get the Windows 10 edition.


When the Windows 10 edition arrived, the Java edition received more updates and new content, but now Mojang studio provides updates to both editions simultaneously. 

On Windows 10 Experimental gameplay option allows you to test some unfinished future updates. While in Java Edition, you can use the launcher’s snapshot feature to do the same. So in case of updates, we have a draw between the two.

More Servers 

Both editions of Minecraft have numerous online servers for playing different game modes, such as:

  • Survival.
  • Pvp (Player versus player)
  • Hardcore mode (only available in Java edition)
  • Creative
  • Roleplay
  • Challenge
  • Prison
  • Faction

When it comes to the number of servers, the Java edition has far more servers than the Windows 10 edition due to the fact that it’s the first edition of Minecraft and has been here for a long time.

Parental controls

The Java version doesn’t have much to offer regarding parental control. Still, the following things can be done:

  • Turn off Chat
  • Allow joining to some selected servers
  • Set a screen time limit

In Windows 10 version Minecraft is linked to an Xbox Live account. Thus, you can do a lot more in parental control. Here are a few things that can be done:

  • Report players
  • Decide who your kid can interact to
  • Customize privacy settings


Minecraft Java edition is considered the bug-free version of Minecraft, and it gets maintenance updates weekly. In comparison, Windows 10 and Bedrock Minecraft have some bugs and glitches. They are minor but can be extremely annoying sometimes.

Bugs in Minecraft

Wrapping It All Up

The Java edition of Minecraft has better mods, outstanding graphics, more servers, is bugs-free, and costs less. While the Windows 10 version allows you to play with all Bedrock players, offers better parental control, and supports the console.

Now it is up to you to decide which version would be more suitable for you. But no matter what you pick, we hope you have a great time playing Minecraft.