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Minecraft has become a sensation, with well over 100 million copies sold for all platforms. And it’s not just kids who play the game; adults like it, too. The game started out for the PC, but has expanded to include versions for major gaming consoles and mobile devices.

The price for Minecraft varies, depending on where you buy it. If you buy it for a PC from the Minecraft.net website, expect to pay around $27 as of July 2017. You can also buy gift cards at the website. If you want to download Minecraft to your favorite console, expect to pay $20 to $30 for the base game, and about $30 or more on the Wii U if you opt to buy the Favorites Pack. Minecraft: Pocket Edition allows you to play the game on a variety of mobile devices and costs about $7 for the app.

Skins and texture packs cost extra

You also have the option of downloading character skins and texture packs, which change the look of your game play. On the PC, these modifications are free at Planetminecraft.com. On the Xbox, PlayStation and Wii U consoles, you pay a small fee to download skins or texture packs, though occasionally they are offered for free. The cost for skin packs hovers around $2, while texture packs cost closer to $6. Skin packs for Minecraft: Pocket Edition for mobile devices cost around $2 each, with texture packs running $1 to $2, or free in some cases. Both skin and texture packs are in-app purchases.

Choose the right version of Minecraft

When buying Minecraft, you first need to decide which version you want. The PC version of Minecraft, which was the first, features the game in its latest updated form. Console versions are usually behind in some aspects due to the approvals required from companies such as Microsoft and Sony. Minecraft: Pocket Edition lacks some of the features of the console and PC versions of the game.

When buying Minecraft, make sure the version you get is compatible with the system you own, whether it’s for the PC, a gaming console or your smartphone or tablet.

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