How to Play Minecraft Bedrock on a PC
The Minecraft Bedrock edition lets you use your PC, Xbox, PS4, and mobile phone to play this game. Not only that, but you can play Minecraft Bedrock on your PC using your Xbox or PS4 controller. You’ll just have to download the correct version that has controller support.
In this article, we’ll go through the process of playing Minecraft Bedrock on your PC. In addition, we’ll show you how to play this edition of the game on your PC using an Xbox and PS4 controller.
How to Play Minecraft Bedrock on a PC
Minecraft is available in two versions, the Java Edition and the Bedrock Edition. The first is the original edition, which is still used, while the latter is a newer version.
The Minecraft Bedrock edition is a version of Minecraft that was made by Xbox Game Studios, Mojang Studios, and SkyBox Labs. What makes this edition different from the Java edition is that it was based on the Bedrock code. It’s developed for platforms and devices that don’t support Java.
To be more precise, the Bedrock edition can be installed on Windows 10, Windows 11, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, and more. The Java edition is only available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The Bedrock edition comes with other features the Java edition doesn’t have. This includes native controller support, available add-ons, cross-platform play, and a smoother gameplay experience.
Previously, you had to choose between these two editions when downloading Minecraft on your device. Now, Minecraft offers a package deal called Minecraft: Java & Bedrock Edition. You can install this version of Minecraft in just a few minutes.
If you already have the Minecraft Launcher, you can go to the Bedrock edition directly. To play Minecraft Bedrock on a PC, follow the steps below.
- Open the Minecraft Launcher.
- Log in to your Microsoft account.
- Click on the “Minecraft for Windows” option on the left sidebar.
- Go to the green “Play” button.
That’s all there is to it. The Minecraft Launcher lets you switch between the Bedrock edition and the Java edition every time you turn it on. If you don’t have the Minecraft Launcher, here’s how you can get it to play Minecraft Bedrock.
- Visit the Minecraft website and click on the “Get Minecraft” button.
- Under “How do you want to play?” choose the “Computer” option.
- Choose between “Base Game” for $26.99 and “Starter Collection” for $29.99. You can also use the PC Game Pass and join for $1 for the first month.
- Sign in to your Microsoft account or your Xbox account.
- Click on the “Buy” button.
After you do this, you will need to download Minecraft Launcher, specifically designed for Windows 10 and Windows 11. The good news is that the Minecraft Launcher is free. Follow the steps below to see how it’s done.
- Go to the Microsoft Store.
- Search for “Minecraft Launcher” in the search bar.
- Click on the “Get” button. You can also get the version with the Game Pass.
- Choose the “Get” button again.
Make sure to log in to your Microsoft account when you run the launcher, and you’re good to go.
How to Play Minecraft Bedrock on PC With PS4 Controller
Minecraft Bedrock is compatible with almost any controller, including PS4, PS5, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch Pro, and more.
If you want to play Minecraft on your PC with your PS4 controller, you will need to install the Bedrock edition. The Java edition does not have controller support. In order to play Minecraft Bedrock with your PS4 controller, you need to have it enabled on your PC.
You’ll need to download Steam, a video game digital distribution service, to configure the controller for Microsoft Bedrock. Once you download Steam and create your account, this is what you need to do.
- Open Steam and go to “Settings.”
- Click on the “Controller” option on the left sidebar.
- Proceed to “General Controller Settings” on the right side.
- Choose “PlayStation Configuration Support.”
- Click on the “Back” button.
Now it’s time to install Minecraft Bedrock using the Steam video game library. This is how it’s done.
- Open Steam.
- Click on the “Games” tab on the top menu.
- Select “Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library” from the drop-down menu.
- Find “Minecraft Bedrock” on the list.
- Choose “Add Selected Programs.”
Once you finish the installation process, you can connect your PS4 controller to your PC. You can do this using a USB cable or via Bluetooth.
If you install the Minecraft Bedrock edition, you’ll be able to cross-play with other players who use Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and players on mobile.
How to Play Minecraft Bedrock on a PC With Xbox Controller
You can also use the Steam method we’ve shown you for the PS4 controller configuration, but it’s entirely up to you. You can even use the Steam program to configure more controllers than one. So, for example, if you have a PS4 controller and an Xbox controller, Steam lets you use both when playing Minecraft Bedrock.
Since Microsoft owns both Minecraft and Xbox, there is another way to do this. If you want to play Microsoft Bedrock on a PC with your Xbox controller, you’re going to want to download the game from the Xbox app, which you’ll get on the Microsoft Store. Every Windows computer should come with a Microsoft Store, so you won’t need to download it.
- Open the Microsoft Store on your taskbar.
- Search for “Xbox” at the top of the window.
- Find the Xbox app and “Get” it on your PC.
- Open the Xbox app.
- Type in “Minecraft” on the search bar.
- Select the “Minecraft for Windows + Launcher” option.
- Click on the “Install” button.
That’s about it. Once you install this version of Minecraft, you can choose between “Minecraft Launcher” and “Minecraft for Windows.” Both options will take you to the game, the launcher just provides you with the old, traditional way to start playing. To complete this process, log in to your Xbox account, and you can start playing the game.
When you’re in the game, you’ll have to select “Minecraft for Windows” one more time. At this point, you’ll be able to play with people who are also using Xboxes, as well as players on PCs, PS4s, and even iOS and Android devices. Make sure your Xbox controller is connected via a USB cable to your PC. You can also connect these two devices using Bluetooth.
You only have to take these steps when you first install Minecraft Bedford and configure your controller. The next time, just go into Minecraft Launcher or play the game directly from your desktop.
Enjoy Minecraft Bedrock on All Your Devices
With Minecraft Java, you could only play Minecraft on Windows, Mac, and Linux. With the development of Minecraft Bedrock, you can now play this game on your PC, phone, or with your favorite game controller. All you need to do is install the Minecraft Launcher or download this version of Minecraft directly from their website.
Have you played Minecraft Bedrock on your PC before? Did you try to play the game with an Xbox controller or a PS4 controller? Let us know in the comments section below.