Raspberry PI and Minecraft?


I don’t think I have ever written anything about the new Raspberry PI that an English based non-profit company registered as charity. This device is in the size of a creditcard and can be connected directly to your TV by an HDMI connection.

The Raspberry PI has everything it needs to be called a PC, onboard ethernet, 2 USB ports, 1 RCA connector and 1 HDMI port and runs on Linux. You simply connect your keyboard and mouse and you can start.

For the technical nerds:
“The processor is a Broadcom BCM2835. This contains an ARM1176JZFS, with floating point, running at 700Mhz, and a Videocore 4 GPU. The GPU is capable of BluRay 1080p full HD quality playback at 30fps, using H.264 at 40MBits/s. It has a fast 3D core accessed using the supplied OpenGL ES2.0 and OpenVG libraries.”

The news directly from Mojang.com yesterday, is that Mojang has made a special free edition of Minecraft dedicated to the Raspberry PI. It will be a rewritten version of the current Pocket Edition and has a little twist added to it.
The idea of the Raspberry PI is to have an affordable PC (35 USD) for schools to be able to teach kids Linux and to learn them to program with it.

So this special edition of Minecraft will also allow you to program to the game, in other words you can:

1) Play the game as you are used to
2) Change the code of the game (and test it out), WHILE it is running

The Mojang team has made it possible to use a variety of programming languages to change code to Minecraft.

The Raspberry PI (model B) can be ordered online from two main distributors, see for more information here. Note that there is a four week waiting time on ordering the device. The previous one-device-per-person limit has been removed, so you can order as many as you would like.

Minecraft Raspberry PI edition will come available as a free download as soon as possible. As this new edition was presented on the current running event MineCon in Paris, we think it will be released after MineCon.

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