You might be tempted to think of Minecraft: Pocket Edition as the lesser version of Minecraft, a fun diversion but not the real game. When Pocket Edition was first launched in 2011, it lacked many of the desktop version’s features, including crafting and survival mode. Now that Pocket Edition is catching up in terms of features, it seems the tide is turning.

In fact, Pocket Edition was the most purchased version of Minecraft in 2012, according to numbers released by Mojang last week. Minecraft: Pocket Edition sold over 39.1% of units, or 5,899,727 copies total. This was ahead of Minecraft for Mac/PC, at 27.7%, and the Xbox 360 edition, at 33.2%…
minecraft sales 2012

The difference in popularity was even more dramatic on Christmas, where Pocket Edition outsold the Xbox 360 edition by a factor of almost three to one. The PC/Mac version was outsold by four to one.

Of course, all the different versions of Minecraft are sold at different price points. Minecraft: Pocket Edition costs only $6.99 in iTunes and in the Google Play market, while both the desktop and Xbox 360 editions cost more than $20. Since Pocket Edition is only a fraction of the cost of the desktop and console editions, it’s no surprise that gamers are likely to pick it up, perhaps even to compliment the desktop or console versions they already own.

minecraft christmas sales

While these sales numbers are impressive, they only tell half of the story that ends at retail. On a more personal note, which versions of Minecraft do you use most often? Let us know in the comments section.

[via TUAW]

  • Lordthree

    The controls looked terrible. The gameplay looked slow. It didn’t look anywhere near as fun as the desktop version.

    Blockheads on the other hand- very nice

    • They have a free demo version, if you want to try it out.

      • David Villamizar

        They also have a paid demo version, Minecraft: Pocket Edition, if you want real minecraft buy the PC/OSX version.

      • Cool story. 🙂

    • its clostest to the desktop its ever been! theres even a clouds gravity “gravel ect” coming in next update its getting there caves are a problem tho on fps so just takes some time 🙂

  • seyss

    I wish they would tell us the percentage of iOS vs Crapoid

    • ehem Android

    • yeah me to, I was looking for that

    • Hyr3m

      The theme of this blog and the fact that they did not separate the two might give you some clue about the level of sharing.

      • Mojang’s original numbers combined Android and iOS sales. They didn’t say which sold more.

      • Hyr3m

        I guessed as much ^^ I just wanted to needlessly bash seyss and his “crapoid”…

  • Wow an thought Xbox had a lot