Minecraft ($6.99) on iOS and Android (alongside the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Windows 10) was recently updated to version 1.16 bringing in the highly anticipated Nether update. With more consoles coming into the fray and mobile devices continuing to improve when it comes to power every few months, it isn’t surprising that Mojang is finally culling support for older versions of iOS and certain Android devices. An announcement from Mojang confirms that from October 2020, Minecraft will no longer be supported on iOS 10 and earlier, Windows 10 Mobile, Android devices with less than 768 MB of RAM, video cards that support DirectX 10.1 or below, and Gear VR.
Given that we will be on iOS 14 by the time support for iOS 10 is stopped, it isn’t really surprising that Mojang is finally doing this. Focussing on newer devices and operating systems will only help the game get better in the long run. For players who have an active Realms subscription on affected iOS and Android devices, they will continue to be able to access Realms from those devices until they update on a different device. Multiplayer will only work between devices on the same version. For everyone else on affected devices, you can keep playing and your purchases will continue to be available. More details for refunds after October for affected devices are here. Do you still play Minecraft daily or have you been playing more of Minecraft Earth?