Im a console gamer normally play fifa, borderlands, cod, gran turismo but fancy a change and thought of minecraft as something a bit different. Only problem is I have no idea about anything in the game. I have a few questions if I could get a few answers that would be most appreciated.
1) I'd recommend Java Edition if you've got a decent computer, or you could stick to whatever console you've got (Assuming it's an XBox One or PS4)
2) Can't really speak on this since I've been playing for 8 years, but I don't imagine they'd be hard to get used to.
3) If you want. There are a lot of cool mods out there, but I'd recommend trying out the base game first. [However, modding is only really available for Java Edition]
4) If you mean the Bedrock Edition for PS4 (Also just called Minecraft) then absolutely, if you mean the older PS4 edition then I'd recommend getting the new one.
5) Redstone is a complicated circuitry system in the game that is able to interact with the world to accomplish various tasks. It's completely optional and fairly complex but it's neat once you get into it.
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1. Which version to go for?
I'd go for Java version, but then, I've also been playing for 10 years and I just can't imagine playing Minecraft with anything other than a keyboard and mouse. Java version does give you the flexibility to mod if you'd like to. Only go for Java if you have a semi-decent computer, though.
2. Are controls on pc hard to get used to?
I found them pretty easy to get used to, especially once I discovered (back in 2010, lol) that the mousewheel scrolls through the hotbar. They're just a basic WSAD control system, with the mouse handling your camera and the left/right-click interacting with blocks. It's pretty intuitive.
3. Is it worth modding the game?
I'd start with vanilla and get used to that first. That way, you know what kind of gameplay elements you'd like added or tweaked.
4. Is the ps4 version any good?
I don't really know, I've only ever played Java.
5. What is red stone?
Looks like those guys have you covered on this question If you choose to get into it, there's all kinds of things you can do with it, from opening secret doors to massive projects like actual functioning pianos and clocks. Check out Youtube redstone creations if you're interested in that kind of thing, they're pretty awesome.
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I would defininitly not recommend any console version because they have had their final update. I would go with Java. The controls are not hard to use. Just WASD. Its also important to find tutorials for your version if minecraft, because a tutorial for an Iron farm for Bedrock edition will probably not work in Java edition because of different game mechanics in each version.
I would also suggest watching a survival lets play (I suggest Wattles‘s Survival Guide). You get to see many different ways to play the game, you just need to find the one that suits you. I have been playing Minecraft for years and still learn new things about the game.
Redstone is very complicated and its best not to think to much about it when you’re this new to the game.
Once you’ve been playing the game for a while, I would highly recomend the Optifine mod. It is insanely useful. If you dont know what Optifine is, look on youtube or go to Optifine.net
Anyhoo, welcome to Minecraft! Get ready for many annoying and painfully lame deaths to come!
Pretty sure PS4/XBOX/Nintendo all support MC Bedrock at this point, meaning question #4 kinda pointless. So if you plan to play on any console or phone/tablet, you go for Bedrock. On a PC, you can go Bedrock or Java. If you got friends you want to play with check what version they use.
This forum is Java MC, which is more open-ended and with a lot more mod/multiplayer support. Though frankly, I know rather little about Bedrock and what can be done there (i.e. is multiplayer via Realms only or third-party servers are allowed, any thisd-party mod support or this is just whatever Mojang/MS make available for purchase, etc) PC Java controls are typical keyboard+mouse stuff, not sure how quickly a pure console gamer can adapt. I personally find gamepads extremely clunky to use, but I am very much a PC gamer.
Mods can add a lot to the game. From convenience features such as automapping and waypoints and checking light levels at a glance to additional types of ores, transportation, build blocks, foods, mobs etc, to entire systems like magic, and to whole worlds. I have spent a great deal of time playing Abyssalcraft mod which adds an enormous amount of content to the game, including four additional dimensions. Minus side of mods is if you are really used to having certain mods, and their creator stops supporting them, you are either stuck in an older version of MC or have to go without. Thankfully, real popular mods typically get picked up by someone.
Redstone is sort of electricity system in MC, allowing to build all kinds of automated contraptions.