What is Minecraft Earth?
Minecraft Earth is the latest addition to the Minecraft franchise announced by Microsoft in May of 2019. The game takes a whole new approach to Minecraft, moving it into the real-world context of augmented reality. Like the Minecraft you know on other platforms, Earth can be played alone or as a multiplayer game.
It’s a big leap for Minecraft, and just one of the many announcements they’re making in conjunction with Minecraft’s 10th Anniversary. You can check out the official announcement here.
Asking yourself what augmented reality is? Don’t worry, it’s not all that mainstream, so you’re not alone. Augmented reality takes virtual items, in the case of Minecraft Earth that could be in-game items or mobs or it could be user creations, like a home, for instance, and overlays them onto the real world.
Overlays them how? Consider the mob example. It’s a good place to start. When playing Minecraft Earth, you might look at your mobile phone using its camera, and see the real world just with a mob placed inside it. That mob would move in the three-dimensional space just as a real item would look.
A Minecraft Earth Video is Worth More than a Thousand Words
The best way to get a feel for how that might look is to watch the official Minecraft Earth video below. It’s a dramatization, but you’ll get the idea.
Sign up for Minecraft Earth Today
Can’t wait to check it out? Well, there’s good news for you then. It would be great news if you could get Minecraft Earth today; unfortunately you cannot. But, you can get on the list to get updates about Minecraft Earth as well as a free limited edition skin. How? Visit the Minecraft Earth page on the official Minecraft.net site.
From the Minecraft Page, here’s what you’ll need:
To play in the closed beta, you’ll need a mobile device that runs at least Android 7 or iOS 10. We’ll need your Microsoft or Xbox Live account, app store log-in, and answers to a few questions to complete your registration. Don’t have a Microsoft or Xbox Live account? No problem! You can create one for free.– Minecraft Earth on Minecraft.net
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