Minecraft developer Mojang announced this morning that it will be ending support for the popular sandbox game on several old platforms in October of this year. The list of unsupported platforms includes Windows 10 Mobile, which received its last update back in January, as well iOS 10, PCs with Direct X 10.1 GPUs, and Samsung’s Gear VR platform.
“Effective in October 2020, Minecraft will no longer be updated or supported on Gear VR, Windows 10 Mobile, Android devices with less than 768MB of RAM, iOS devices running iOS 10 or below, or video cards that only support DirectX 10.1 or below. This will prevent current players on Gear VR and Windows 10 Mobile devices from using multiplayer or Realms from these unsupported devices,” the Mojang team explained today.
Minecraft will still continue to work on these deprecated platforms after October 2020, though Multiplayer will only work between devices on the same version. Moreover, if you have a Realm subscription and you choose to update your world in a supported platform, your world will then become unavailable on unsupported platforms. Mojang will offer refund to susbcribers who have been playing Minecraft Realms on the soon-to-be unsupported platforms after October 2020. You can get more information about how to get a refund on the full blog post.
Microsoft announced earlier this year that Minecraft had cemented its status as the most popular game of all time, crossing 200 million copies sold and 126 million monthly active players. Being available on almost all platforms really contributed to this, so it’s not the first time that Mojang is dropping support for some platforms. Back in October 2018, Minecraft on Apple TV was also deprecated due to low usage.