comscore Minecraft is coming to Chromebooks, but there is a catch

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  • Microsoft is bringing Minecraft to Chromebook.
  • Minecraft on Chromebook will be available in India.
  • Users will be able to play a 90-minute session at a time.

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When you think of Chromebooks, you picture a cost-efficient notebook that is capable of handling most of your daily needs, especially if it involves a lot of reading, typing and browsing. The device is particularly useful for students and office-goers who don’t have to run heavy software and games. However, of lately companies, such as Lenovo, Asus and Acer, in collaboration with Google have launched ‘Gaming Chromebooks’ that are also made to handle light gaming. Now, word is that Chromebooks are inching closer towards getting a fully-fledged game on their platform. Mojang Studios has released Minecraft on Chromebooks in select countries that lets users download and play the game on their ChromeOS-powered notebooks. Also Read - WhatsApp Disappearing Messages To Get 15 New Durations - Watch Video

However, this launch comes with several major caveats. Firstly, Minecraft has released a trial version of the game for Chromebooks. The game called Minecraft Trial is a free trial version of Minecraft that provides a time-limited, survival-only experience for players. The primary aim is to capture platform-specific data for bug fixes and technical troubleshooting. Also Read - Unacademy CEO apologises as the company lays off over 350 employees

Mojang Studios says that players will only have access to Survival mode, and playtime has been restricted to 90 minutes per world. Once the playtime is over, they can play the game again by starting a new trial world. Furthermore, the company says that players will not have access to other game modes such as Creative mode. Players will also not have access to achievements, Gamerscore, multiplayer, servers, Realms, Marketplace, add-ons, or seeds. Also Read - Apple’s WWDC 2023 to start on June 5: iOS 17, watchOS 10, VR headset, more expected

The company has also confirmed that the trial worlds will not transfer to the full game and that the game, that is, Minecraft Trial for Chromebook, will be available for a limited time period only. Mojang Studios says that “The Minecraft Trial for Chromebook is currently the only official way to play Minecraft on Chromebook devices,” and the full version of the game is not available yet. Interested Chromebook users can download the Minecraft Trial for Chromebook app from the Google Play Store by searching for ‘Minecraft Trial’.

It is worth noting that while the full version of the game is not available on Chromebooks yet, the trial version of the game ensures that Mojang Studios gathers enough information to launch the full version of the game on Chromebooks in future.

Minecraft availability on Chromebooks

As far as availability is concerned, Mojang Studios says that the Minecraft Trial for Chromebook is available in select geographies, which includes — India, Australia, Brazil, UAE, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Turkey.

This means that if you are in the US, the UK or Canada, you can’t access the game on your Chromebook. However, if you are living in India, you should have no difficulty in accessing the game.

  • Published Date: February 12, 2023 2:10 PM IST
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