Ah the silly game on Minecraft. Whether you want to play it on your PC, PS4, or Xbox the game is pretty darn fun. But how much does it cost? Check out this guide to check out the price of Minecraft for your PC, PS4, and even some other devices.
What is Minecraft?
Before we get into the price of Minecraft let’s first establish what Minecraft is. Minecraft is an open world game (it is pixelated) that you can build different things and mine for resources. It is a “sandbox” game, meaning that the player is basically free to do whatever they want to do and allows the player to deal and handle with certain situations how they see fit. Minecraft doesn’t have any objectives, but there are different modes the player can play. Let’s check them out:
Survival mode is just as it sounds; the point is to survive. You have to eat food to live, you have a health bar, and you also have to fight off monsters and bad guys an build a shelter for night time. You can build yourself armor and weapons to help you fight the monsters. If you die you lose all your inventory, but can pick it back up when you respawn in.
You also craft tools to help you mine resources. The resources go from sand all the way up to diamonds.
Hardcore mode is a little offshoot of survival mode. This mode has something called “permanent death” where the player loses everything they build and collected.
Adventure mode is where you can play on other people’s custom maps that they’ve created. I have never personally played this mode, but it does have a pretty cool concept. You also play by the creators rules and restrictions.
Creative mode gives you unlimited resources and health. You can fly around the world and build whatever it is you want to do. People can build awesome things, like this awesome plane:
If you want to play Minecraft just to build stuff and play around, then you might enjoy creative mode.
Multiplayer mode is probably the funnest Minecraft mode. You can either join someone’s server or make your own. Multiplayer allows you to play with your friends or total strangers on a server. Some servers allow you to play games with people. If yu create your own server you control the different features you can have. Multiplayer is one of the main reasons some people get Minecraft because it’s pretty fun to play with friends.
A cool thing about the multiplayer servers is that it has cross-platform servers, meaning that you can play with others who are using a different device than you. For example, if you are playing on your PS4 you can play with someone who is playing Minecraft on their PC.
Minecraft is host to a bunch of different mods and skins for the game. Check out these sites for some cool mods and skins (some are free):
You can also just Google different skins and mods for Minecraft. The skins add better graphics that are a little more realistic.
What is Minecraft available on?
So what all can you get Minecraft for? Here are all the different platforms you can get Minecraft for (also found here):
- Xbox 360
- Xbox One
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation Vita
- Wii U
- Windows Phone
- Virtual Reality
Basically you can get Minecraft on any device you may have. It was fairly recently that Minecraft became available on phones. I have Minecraft on my Xbox 360 and iPad, and while I definitely prefer playing it on my 360 the one on my iPad works pretty well.
How much is Minecraft and where can I get it?
Let’s go over the price and where to get Minecraft for all those different devices listed above.
Minecraft for Computers:
You can purchase Minecraft for your PC here for $27 USD.
PC Mag gave Minecraft for PC a 4.5 out of 5 stars, and liked the infinite world of Minecraft as well as it’s multiplayer mode.
You can purchase Minecraft for your Mac here for $27 USD.
MacWorld gave Minecraft for Mac a 5 out of 5 stars and liked the different game modes as well as multiplayer.
You can purchase Minecraft for your Linux computer here for $27 USD.
You will need to have Java updated, but in all honestly if you are using a Linux computer you already know what you’re doing.
Minecraft for Consoles:
You have a few ways to purchase Minecraft for your PS4:
- You can download Minecraft for your PS4 from PlayStation Network (here) for $19.99 USD.
- Or you can purchase the disc version from Best Buy (here) for $19.99 USD.
- You can also get a combo pack from PSN (here) for $29.99 USD.
- That gives you different skins and add on packs. This is probably the best deal because of everything you get with it.
Minecraft for PS4 has a 5 out of 5 stars with a total of 105,118 total reviews on PlayStation Network.
There are also quite a few add-ons for Minecraft for your PS4 that you can get from the PSN store here.
Like the PS4 version of Minecraft, you have a few ways to get Minecraft for your PS3
- You can download Minecraft for your PS3 from the PSN store (here) for $19.99 USD.
- You can also get a used copy from Best Buy (here) for $9.99 USD.
Minecraft for the PS3 has a 5 out of 5 stars with a total of 129,009 reviews on PSN.
Just like the other games, there are a couple ways to get Minecraft for your PlayStation Vita
- You can download Minecraft for your Vita from PSN (here) for $19.99 USD.
- You can buy Minecraft for your PS Vita from GameStop (here) for $19.99 USD.
Minecraft for the PS Vita has a 5 out of 5 stars with a total of 20,724 reviews on the PSN store here.
Just like the Minecraft games for the PlayStation devices, there are a couple ways to go about getting Minecraft for your Xbox One
- You can download Minecraft for your Xbox One here for $19.99 USD.
- You can also download Minecraft combo pack (here) for $29.99 USD.
- This also gives the same add ons and downloads as the one for the PS4
- You can purchase the disc for Minecraft for the Xbox One at GameStop (here) for $19.99 USD.
Minecraft for Xbox One has a 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Microsoft Store (here) with a total of 182,216 reviews.
I have found that the best way to get Minecraft for your Xbox 360 is to go through Amazon.
- You can buy the game code from Amazon (found here) for $19.99. This will give you a code to enter into your 360 so you can instantly play it.
- You can buy a new Minecraft disc for 360 from Amazon (here) for $16.99 USD.
- You can buy a used copy of Minecraft for 360 from Amazon (here) for $13.99 USD.
Minecraft for Wii U is a bit more expensive than any other platform covered thus far. Here’s where you can buy it:
- You can buy a digital version for Wii U from the Nintendo store (here) for $29.99 USD.
- You can buy the physical copy of Minecraft for the Wii U from Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, or Toys R Us for $29.99 USD.
Minecraft for mobile devices:
You can buy Minecraft: Pocket Edition for your Apple device from the Apple App Store here for $6.99 USD.
Here are some specs and information about Minecraft: Pocket Edition-
- There are 10 available add ons for this app (can be found here) that range in price from $1.99 to $7.99 USD
- It has a 4.5 out of 5 stars with a total of 481,339 reviews
- This requires at least iOS 8.0
I have this app on my iPad and it pretty fun. It isn’t as easy to control as it is on a console but it isn’t horrible either.
You can buy Minecraft: Pocket Edition for your Android device from the Google Play Store here for $6.99 USD.
Here are some specs and information for Minecraft: Pocket Edition-
- It has been downloaded 10,000,000 to 50,000,000 times from the Google Play Store
- It has a 4.5 out of 5 stars with a total of 1,538,018 times
- The add ons range in price from .99¢ to $7.99.
You can buy Minecraft: Pocket Edition for your Kindle device from the Kindle App Store here for $6.99 USD.
Here is some info and specs for Minecraft: Pocket Edition-
- It should take less than 5 minutes or so to download
- It has a 4.6 out of 5 stars on the Amazon App Store with a total of 51,292 reviews
You can but Minecraft: Pocket Edition for your Windows phone from the Microsoft App Store here for $6.99 USD.
Here is some general info and specs for Minecraft: Pocket Edition-
- It has a 4.3 out of 5 stars with a total of 3,405 reviews on the Windows App Store
- This can run on: Windows 10 and Windows 8.1
- It has a size of 28.25 MB
- It also has downloads that range from .99¢ to $1.99.