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Minecraft minimum and recommended system requirements – our guide for Bedrock and Java

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Reviewed By: Kevin Pocock

Last Updated on May 7, 2024
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Minecraft has built up a false reputation as being easy to run. After all, it’s just a few blocks right. Okay, so when you take it at face value you might have a point but the pure computational power modern Minecraft demands far exceeds the lowest spec PCs, especially if you want to get into some of the more recent updates such as the Caves and Cliffs, or even the incredible world of Minecraft with Ray Tracing.

There are also lots of assets that can be downloaded that can make your Minecraft world look like a 4K dream, but obviously, that’s not going to be possible on low-end laptops.

So below we have a breakdown of the system requirements for the various versions of Minecraft. You can find out more about the differences between the Bedrock (normal Windows 10) and Java versions here in this article we covered previously.

Minecraft Bedrock Edition system requirements for Windows

Minimum requirementsRecommended requirements
OSWindows 10 Windows 10
CPUIntel Celeron J4105 | AMD FX-4100Intel i7-6500U | AMD A8-6600K
GPUIntel HD Graphics 4000 | AMD Radeon R5NVIDIA GeForce 940M | AMD Radeon HD 8570D
RAM4GB8GB
DirectXVersion 11Version 11

Minecraft with Ray Tracing (RTX) System Requirements

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Minecraft with ray-tracing is a sight to behold
OSWindows 10 64-bit
CPUIntel Core i5 or equivalent
GPUDirectX hardware ray tracing capable GPU like NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series and higher, and AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series and higher
RAM8GB
Storage
Minecraft version1.16.200 or higher

Please note that if your hardware does not support ray tracing, you will be unable to download ray tracing content from the Minecraft Marketplace.

You may have to update your Windows operating system and graphics drivers to experience ray tracing. You can learn more about updating Windows 10 here.

If you’d like to have a more customizable Minecraft experience, then you might want to get the Java Edition. We have gathered the minimum and recommended system requirements in a quick table. 

Minimum requirementsRecommended requirements
OSWindows: Windows 7 and up
macOS: Any 64-bit OS X using 10.9 Maverick or newer
Linux: Any modern 64-bit distributions from 2014 onwards
Windows: Windows 10 64-bit
macOS: macOS 10.12 Sierra
Linux: Any modern distributions from 2014 onwards
CPUIntel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalentIntel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz / AMD A10-7800 APU 3.5 GHz or equivalent
GPUIntegrated: Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge) or AMD Radeon R5 series (Kaveri line) with OpenGL 4.4
Discrete: Nvidia GeForce 400 Series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series with OpenGL 4.4
GeForce 700 Series or AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series (excluding integrated chipsets) with OpenGL 4.5
RAM4GB8GB
Storage1GB4GB SSD

Minecraft system requirements for Mac

Minimum requirements
OSOS X 10.9 Mavericks
CPUIntel Core i3-3210
GPUIntel HD 4000
RAM2GB

Minecraft system requirements for Linux

Minimum requirements
OSAny modern distributions from 2014 onwards
CPUIntel Core i3-3210
GPUIntel HD 4000
RAM2GB

Is Minecraft free to play?

Minecraft does have a version that is free to play, and you can access it via the website classic.minecraft.net. However, this is a very original and basic version, so don’t expect any of the newer features that it is famous for. For these, you’re better off downloading one of the paid versions, which range in price between consoles.

Conclusion

To sum up, Minecraft is a relatively less demanding game, and you can run the basic version of it on your computer. However, if you want to customize your experience with the Java edition or play the game at a high resolution, then you might need a more advanced system.

Paul is a contributor to PC Guide, having covered news coverage, Raspberry Pi, Windows releases and peripherals - among other things - across the site.

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