Minecraft is a sandbox game which allows players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. It is currently in development by Markus Persson, aka "Notch". The gameplay is inspired by Dwarf Fortress, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Dungeon Keeper, and especially Infiniminer. The game has two variants, Alpha and Classic, both with single- and multiplayer options. Classic includes only the building aspects of the game with unlimited blocks, while Alpha includes monsters and a much greater variety of crafting available, as well as requiring players to mine their own blocks. Alpha is currently the latest release of Minecraft, and plans to move into beta sometime in September 2010. Minecraft was developed for about a week before its public release on May 16, 2009 on the TIGSource forums, where it gained a considerable level of popularity. It has been continually updated since then.
Minecraft System Requirements
26 Sep 2012 - Specs reviewed
Official Minimum Requirements
•CPU: Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz
•GPU (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics or AMD (formerly ATI) Radeon HD Graphics with OpenGL 2.1
•GPU (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT or AMD Radeon HD 2400 with OpenGL 3.1
•HDD: At least 200MB for Game Core and Other Files
•Java 6 Release 45
Official Recommended Requirements
•CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz
•GPU: GeForce 2xx Series or AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series (Excluding Integrated Chipsets) with OpenGL 3.3
To run Minecraft on high graphics settings your PC will require at least a 0MB GeForce 8600 GS / Radeon HD 6320 with a Pentium 4 3.0GHz or Athlon XP 2600+ CPU. 1 GB will also be needed to achieve the Minecraft rec specs and get 60FPS. To be able to run at all you will need at least 500 MB system memory. Make sure your GPU can run DirectX 9 or Minecraft won’t run. We suggest a 12 year old PC to play smoothly.