Minecraft To Be Ported To Raspberry Pi Platform, Will Be Free To Download

"But does it run Minecraft?" Yes - it's the tamer version of the age-old Crysis question, but it's an important one given Minecraft's amazing success. While mobile gamers have access to Minecraft: Pocket Edition, those who own DIY Raspberry Pi boards have been out of luck. But, thanks to the hard work by the developers at Mojang, that initial question above can soon be answered with a resounding "Yes!".

It's important to note the "official" distinction here. This isn't the result of someone just fooling around with the RPi who manages to get Minecraft to run in some sub-par way. Rather, it's ported over by the guys who know how to pull it off successfully. The RPi is hardly a powerhouse, but when software is specifically tuned for it, any lacking performance doesn't have to shine through.

Dubbed the "Minecraft Pi Edition", this version will carry a revised feature-set, although it hasn't been mentioned at this point what that actually entails. The mobile version of the game is often lagging behind the full desktop version features-wise, so it could be that the "Pi Edition" will follow in those footsteps while also shaving back a little bit of what has to be in order for it to run smoothly on the RPi. Draw distances are likely to be one major feature impacted.

Perhaps the best part about all this is that Minecraft Pi Edition will be free - so you don't need to feel like you're getting ripped-off if you already own the other versions. Could Minecraft now become the RPi's killer-app?