This article will explain the difference between Minecraft: Bedrock Edition and Minecraft: Java Edition, and whether you can cross play between them.

What is the difference between Bedrock Edition and Java Edition?

Java Edition is the original version of Minecraft, which was released on May 17, 2009.
This is the version that most PC players are familiar with and own, and Java Edition has a large modding community with projects such as Bukkit, Forge, and Sponge, which allow many extensions and modifications to the game. The server software for Java edition is a lot more stable than for Bedrock.

Bedrock Edition is the newer edition of the game, which was released at different dates for each platform - this is the version largely developed after Microsoft acquired Mojang.
You can play Bedrock Edition on a variety of platforms, for example on Windows 10, Android, iOS, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and the Kindle Fire. All of these releases run the same version of the game with the same gameplay mechanics, however they can not all cross-play with each other.

Which versions can connect to my bedrock server?

Due to platform restrictions, only the following editions of Bedrock are able to join bedrock servers by IP address:

Windows 10 Edition

The following platforms cannot join a server by IP address:

PS4 Edition
Nintendo Switch Edition

What about Java edition?

Java Edition and Bedrock Edition are not cross-compatible which means you cannot play together with them. However, with projects such as GeyserMC you can allow, with some modifications, a Bedrock player to join a Java edition server.

Which server versions does Pebblehost support?

PebbleHost supports running the three most common Bedrock Edition server platforms:

Vanilla Bedrock - This server is the official Mojang bedrock server
NukkitX - This is an unofficial bedrock edition server that has a rich plugin API
Pocketmine-MP - This is another unofficial bedrock edition server written in PHP, however tends to be less up to date than Nukkit.

We also support almost any Java Edition server software, such as Paper, Spigot, Forge, Sponge, alongside obviously the Vanilla Minecraft server JAR.
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