What is third person view?
Minecraft can be played in two modes - first person and third person. First person is when the camera is using the player's perspective on the game, as if seen through their eyes. Third person is when the camera includes the player in the action, as if seen through someone else's eyes. You can either be watching them from the front, or from a rear view.
To give you an idea, here's the same player in the three different views:
When do you need to change views?
Playing in first person perspective is a much more immersive experience for the player. There are times when the game might get a little intense for some kids (exploring a dark and brooding cave for example), and hopping out to third person can help ease the tension a little. You might also want to take screenshots with your character in the shot, rather than from the player's perspective.
How do you change between views?
It's super easy to toggle between the three views:
- PC - press F5
- Mac - press Function + F5
- Pocket Edition - pause the game and swap between views in the Options menu
- Xbox 360 & PS3 - left game stick