What is Minecraft PE?

Minecraft PE Logo

The Minecraft PE Logo as seen in the game.

Minecraft Pocket Edition (or Minecraft PE or MCPE as it is commonly called) is the mobile version of Minecraft. Minecraft was created by Mojang AB.

As with the original Minecraft game, Minecraft PE is classified as a sandbox game. Sandbox games are open-ended, there are no pre-set objectives. Players are free to explore the game world and to do what they please. Techopedia provides a great definition of what a sandbox game is:

A sandbox is a style of game in which minimal character limitations are placed on the gamer, allowing the gamer to roam and change a virtual world at will. In contrast to a progression-style game, a sandbox game emphasizes roaming and allows a gamer to select tasks. Instead of featuring segmented areas or numbered levels, a sandbox game usually occurs in a “world” to which the gamer has full access from start to finish.

A sandbox game is also known as an open-world or free-roaming game.


Minecraft PE was initially released on the Xperia Play platform in 2011. Since then it has been made available on a number of platforms. Currently, Minecraft PE is available on:

  • Amazon Fire OS 3.0+
  • Apple iOS 8.0+
  • Apple tvOS 1.0+
  • Google Android OS 3.0+
  • Windows Phone 8.1+
  • Windows 10

Current Version of Minecraft PE

The current version of Minecraft PE is platform dependent. Below are the various platforms, current version, and the first date the game was available.

Platform Current Version Release Date Initial Release
Amazon Fire OS 1.1.0 Jun 1, 2017 Apr 2, 2014
Apple iOS 1.1.0 Jun 1, 2017 Nov 17, 2011
Apple tvOS 1.1.0 Jun 1, 2017 Dec 19, 2016
Google Android 1.1.0 Jun 1, 2017 Oct 7, 2011
Windows Phone 1.1.0 Jun 1, 2017 Dec 10, 2014
Windows 10 1.1.0 Jun 1, 2017 Jul 29, 2015


Last Updated Jun 1, 2017