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Minecraft beta for Windows 10 available to download now

Microsoft-owned Minecraft developer Mojang has outed the Windows 10 beta version of the hit open-world building game.

As promised earlier this week, the developer is rolling out access for early Windows 10 adopters.

The beta will be free to download for anyone who has purchased the game for their computer (PC or Mac). It’s $10 (around £6.40) for new users to buy.

In order to grab the game, users can head to the Mojang website, sign into their account and hit the “Redeem” button.

The new beta is not compatible with previous versions, so those taking it for a spin will need to start from scratch. While not being able to access current worlds will put some folks off, Minecraft gamers on Windows 10 will be able to use the Xbox controller and touch-based input devices.

Windows 10 gamers will also be able to use the Xbox’s app’s GameDVR feature in order to capture in-game footage.

The beta is currently supporting single-player creative and survival gameplay modes, while multiplayer is also available. Mutiplayer compatibility with the Pocket Edition is coming soon, but isn’t included in the beta at this stage.

See also: Here are 9 Windows 10 features you should try first

The quick roll-out on Windows 10 is understandable given Microsoft paid $2.5 billion to acquire Mojang last year. Microsoft is planning a version of the game for HoloLens, while Mojang is also working with Telltale Games on a story version.

Have you downloaded Windows 10 and the Minecraft beta yet? Share your early experiences in the comments section below.

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