Minecraft: Pocket Edition, the mobile version of the immensely popular Minecraft game, which has been a staple app on the Amazon Fire TV ever since the streaming box was first introduced, is no longer compatible with the Fire TV. To replace it, a new Minecraft: Fire TV Edition has just been released. Both versions seem to be identical at the moment, since both include the v1.0 “The End” update, which was just released. The only difference I see, unfortunately, is that the new Fire TV Edition costs over twice as much at $19.99, compared to the Pocket Edition, which has always been $6.99. It’s unknown if the two versions will differ in the future, or if the split is simply a means to charge Fire TV owners more.
The good news is if you’ve purchased the older Minecraft: Pocket Edition before December 19th, then you’re entitled to the new Fire TV Edition for free. The product page says to “simply search and download” the new version and to contact Amazon Customer Support if you have trouble.
It’s not entirely clear if you need to have the Pocket Edition version installed on your device in order to get the new version for free, or if simply purchasing the Fire TV Edition with the same Amazon account that you used to purchase the Pocket Edition is enough to not charge you for the new purchase. Either way, if you get charged $19.99 when you already own the Pocket Edition, then I’m sure a quick chat with customer support will get you your money back.