What does MCBE mean in gaming?

Minecraft Bedrock Edition

Gamers use MCBE to refer to Minecraft Bedrock Edition. This version of Minecraft is available to play on Windows, video game consoles, and mobile devices. It is slightly different than the original version of Minecraft, which is known as Minecraft Java Edition (MCJE).

What are the differences between MCBE and MCJE?

MCJE can be installed only on PCs, while MCBE can be installed on Windows PCs, video game consoles, and mobile devices. The other biggest differences between MCBE and MCJE are how they handle mods and multiplayer play.

MCJE allows players to:

  • Create, distribute, and install custom mods in many different ways
  • Set up and play on third-party servers

MCBE, on the other hand:

  • Contains streamlined in-game customization tools, such as the Minecraft Marketplace and Character Creator
  • Allows players with a Microsoft account to access featured servers and supports local splitscreen

I've also heard of MCPE. What's that?

MCBE was previously referred to as Minecraft Pocket Edition (MCPE). When Pocket Edition expanded from being available for only mobile devices to being available for other platforms, the game's developers renamed it to just Minecraft.

To distinguish this version from MCJE, players began referring to it as Minecraft Bedrock Edition, or MCBE - so named because the newer version of Minecraft runs on the Bedrock Engine.


I love how simple MCBE is in comparison to Java Edition
An MCBE player hoping to play with others
An MCBE player hoping to play with others

Related Slang


Updated May 5, 2022

MCBE definition by

This page explains what the acronym "MCBE" means. The definition, example, and related terms listed above have been written and compiled by the team.

We are constantly updating our database with new slang terms, acronyms, and abbreviations. If you would like to suggest a term or an update to an existing one, please let us know!