12th August 2020
Minecraft News
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The sweet sound of parity, Bedrock beta (don’t ask) comes with a few more java parity features. Although we recently received 1.16.20 as a full release it seems we will continue to get 1.16 betas to squish bugs within the game.

Confirmed by Mega_spud UK community manager for Minecraft

12 August 2020

PLEASE READ before participating in the Minecraft Beta:

  • Joining the beta will replace your game with a work in progress version of Minecraft
  • You will not have access to Realms and will not be able to join non-beta players while you’re previewing the beta
  • Any worlds played while in the beta cannot be opened in previous versions of the game so please make copies of worlds to prevent losing them
  • Beta builds can be unstable and are not representative of final version quality
  • The beta is available only on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Android (Google Play). To join or leave the beta, see aka.ms/JoinMCBeta for detailed instructions

Stability and Performance

  • The game no longer crashes if a player opens a Shulker Box they’re standing on after rejoining a multiplayer session (MCPE-60856)

Vanilla Parity

  • Sea Turtles now play a sound when they lay eggs
  • Dolphins will now dry out at the same rate as they do in Java Edition; 120 seconds
  • Undamaged Mending items will no longer prevent damaged Mending items from being repaired (MCPE-80156)
  • Basalt can no longer be destroyed by Ghast fireballs (MCPE-75252
  • Basalt blocks now take slightly more time to destroy
  • TNT no longer activates when a Redstone Torch is placed directly on it (MCPE-81258
  • Experience Orbs now float in water (MCPE-64039
  • Adjusted Netherite movement in lava (MCPE-65372
  • Trade discounts from Hero of the Village and Curing Zombie Villagers now match the Java Edition (MCPE-70782
  • Pistons can no longer be extended above the build height limit or into the void (MCPE-37825MCPE-51067)


  • Grindstone no longer shows a result unless it changes the item (MCPE-54256
  • Water from bubble columns now flows as it should (MCPE-36463
  • Custom named boats and minecarts will now save their name after placing and breaking. Their names will also be shown in the world (MCPE-25845
  • Smelted items (prior to 1.13) no longer contain incorrect damage values and can be stacked (MCPE-54617
  • Hostile mobs can now spawn in thunderstorms during the day (MCPE-34409
  • Shearing a Snow Golem now drops a carved pumpkin (MCPE-66967
  • Bees now leave their hive/nest after an allotted time in the End and Nether dimensions (MCPE-58322
  • Water now flows correctly near edges 
  • Fixed a bug that could cause falling blocks to duplicate near a portal (MCPE-68229
  • Villagers no longer get locked into the wrong profession (MCPE-62080
  • Dragon Egg no longer disappears if placed on pedestal and Ender Dragon is respawned (MCPE-78400
  • Music is no longer interrupted when entering water in ocean biomes (MCPE-76213)
  • Saplings will no longer incorrectly transform into a bee nest when next to a tree and flowers (MCPE-80543
  • Hoppers with containers above them can no longer collect dropped items (MCPE-80555
  • Gravity affected blocks no longer break when their supporting block is moved by a piston (MCPE-81106
  • Podzol no longer generates below the top layer when spawning large spruce trees (MCPE-71995
  • Fixed an issue that caused rails to not be powered correctly along the x-axis (MCPE-81987
  • Turtles and Dolphins on land will now successfully move towards water (MCPE-44918
  • Compass items will now point the correct direction when the player is in a boat (MCPE-56876
  • Mob’s inactivity timer is now reset when closer than 32 blocks from the nearest player 
  • Ghasts once again spawn in all light levels (MCPE-85747
  • Fixed Vex movement along the x and z directions (MCPE-41879
  • Blaze now switch between melee attack and ranged attack based on the distance from the player (MCPE-45469
  • Falling blocks now break after falling for extended periods of time (MCPE-73124
  • Name tags now work correctly again (MCPE-65535)
  • Collecting fish with a bucket now works more consistently  

User Interface

  • Fixed a visual issue where clicking to edit the text box in the NPC dialog would not show the caret (Education Edition Features)

New Achievements Screen

We have made some tweaks to the new achievements screen that is available to some beta players (through a gradual roll-out). Please continue to share your feedback on it in this post!

  • Gamepad bumpers can now be used to switch tabs in the achievements screen 
  • Tweaked the default focus on the tabs in the achievements screen 
  • Added extra space between the end of the list and the “input legend” at the bottom
  • The achievement detail screen now shows “Completed on other platform” section 

Technical Updates

  • Fix for ItemDescriptors
  • Item names of the format “minecraft:item.someitem” no longer need the “item.” portion and it will be ignored
  • Added Entity Movement Prediction 

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