Minecraft is the best-selling PC game of all time with around 240 million copies sold. With so many gamers worldwide, it’s not a surprise that not everyone has the optimal hardware to run the game. In fact, it’s pretty reasonable to assume that some gamers are barely scraping by, and micro-managing resources to extract the best performance out of this survival sandbox game. For them, knowing “how much space does Minecraft take?” is crucial. Others will acknowledge this bit of information on a more of a good-to-know basis. We’ll try to please both groups as we dive deep to find the answer. Let’s begin.
How much space does Minecraft Java Edition take up?
The “vanilla” or untouched Minecraft Java Edition file size requirements are between 1 GB of HDD space (minimum) and 4 GB of SSD space (recommended). Of that, approximately 200 MB is reserved for the Minecraft client. The remainder of the space fills up rapidly and consists of game version updates, patches, cache, screenshots, single-player maps, and single-player map backups. Single-player words are known to be between 200 MB (new-ish map), 400 MB (average value), and 2 GB (a few years of heavy exploration).
What’s the maximum file size of Java Edition Minecraft?
There is no maximum, but you often read that Java Edition of Minecraft occupies as much as 20 GB of players’ storage. This isn’t Minecraft’s fault; the excessive file size comes from custom changes. This includes Minecraft modpacks, including textures, shaders, resource packs, skins, plugins, manual backups, and especially custom maps. As explained above, data builds up over time, especially as you continue to render more chunks on previously well-explored massive maps. Another common data generator is plugins that fetch map chunks, such as map plugins that generate a browser-friendly copy of your world.
What is Minecraft Bedrock Edition file size?
If you’re wondering how much storage space Minecraft Bedrock Edition uses, it depends on the version:
- Windows 10 Edition: 655 MB
- Wii U Edition: 468 MB baseline + 512 MB per game save (up to 12 player profiles)
- Android: 142 MB
- iOS: 309 MB
- Xbox 360: 113 MB
- Xbox One: 395 MB-770 MB
- PlayStation 3: 243 MB
- PlayStation 4: 215 MB-224 MB
- Nintendo Switch: 1100 MB
- Fire TV: 100 MB
- Gear VR: 335 MB
Note. These numbers apply to the unmodified game and vary from version to version. Comprehensive game updates and custom changes can vastly increase storage size.
How much storage space does Minecraft Dungeons occupy?
In case you forgot, Mojang has published multiple spin-offs, two of which are unavailable for download – Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Story Mode. The surviving one, Minecraft Dungeons, shifts focus from sandbox survival to a character-oriented, action-packed dungeon crawler experience. It can be played solo or with up to 4 players in local or online multiplayer. Minecraft Dungeons file size is as follows:
- Windows PC: 6 GB
- Nintendo Switch: 6.6 GB (Global) to 6771 MB (United Kingdom)
- Xbox One: 2.54 GB
- Xbox Series S: 3 GB
- PlayStation 4: 1.52 GB (on release)