Minecraft is available on recent Xbox and PlayStation consoles, including Xbox One and PlayStation Vita. Minecraft can also be played on computers and mobile devices. The version of the game is different for each platform, and as of 2015, the full game is only available on PC platforms.
Minecraft is available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One from the Xbox Live store. For the PlayStation 3, 4 and Vita consoles, Minecraft is sold in the PlayStation store. A mobile version for tablets is available in the Apple and Google Play stores. The pocket version for mobile devices is also recommended for laptops with built-in graphics cards. To ensure proper operation of the game, Minecraft recommends trying the demo version before purchasing the full version.
Before downloading the gaming client, users need to purchase and create a Mojang account on Minecraft's website. Minecraft was built in Java, and it is required to run the game. If the software is not already installed, a current version of Java is available from the company's website.
After an account is created, PC users are able to download the game client from Minecraft's or Mojang's websites. Minecraft recommends downloading the game using the Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox Web browsers, since some users have reported issues downloading the game using Internet Explorer.