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Minecraft Updates Heading to PS4 and Xbox One

by Kyle Hanson

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Developer 4J Studios has announced that updates are currently being tested for both Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and PS4 Edition. These updates look to fix a lot of issues that have popped up since the launch of the new-gen versions of the game. Along with this, the studio is working on a major update for every console version of Minecraft which will push them all to “the equivalent of Java 1.6.4”. While the first update should hit relatively soon, the latter “may take some time”.

4J provided a change list for the update that should be hitting both PS4 and Xbox One soon. There are only minor differences between the two versions, which are highlighted below:

  • Fix for tile entities not being saved correctly in unloaded chunks. (Empty Chests, Spawners turning into Pig Spawners, etc.)
  • Enable hiding mashup-pack worlds from the saves list, and re-enabling them all from the options menu.
  • Change to ‘disable saving’ setting so that it remains set for a specific save when reloading that save.
  • Fix for Glass Blocks placed next to each other rendering incorrectly.
  • Fix for enchanted items not destroying blocks as quickly as they should.
  • Changed 3D sound attenuation to have linear fall-off, with special cases for thunder, Enderdragon & Ghast sounds. (Sound volumes incorrect bug)
  • Improved frame-rate in Jungles.
  • Fix for missing chunks in Superflat world on host console.
  • Fixed an issue with mob spawning rates.
  • Fix for hit box on torches sometimes being incorrect.
  • Fix for entities being duplicated (every save/load cycle) for transferred worlds (Multiple Enderdragons bug).
  • Fix for ‘Can Build and Mine’ not functioning correctly.
  • Fixed issue with mobs still being aggressive while player is invisible (using Potion).
  • Fixed an issue recording Spider Jockey kills.
  • Fix for players riding Boats/Minecarts sometimes being invisible to remote players.
  • Fix for Maps placed in an Item Frame appear as blank to other players.
  • Fix to move HUD down when tooltips are disabled.
  • Fix for camera resetting when going through Nether or End Portals.
  • Fix for issue with Xbox 360 Save transfer when the save is exited without saving on Xbox One. (Xbox One only)
  • Fixed an issue with gamer pictures occasionally causing a crash. (Xbox One only)
  • Fixed an issue with save transfers not using the most recent player data. (PS4 only)
    Fix for Lily Pad breaking particle effect. (PS4 only)
  • Added a ‘Copy Save’ option to allow people to ‘back-up’ their world to another save.

As far as the bigger update that pushes all console versions of Minecraft to Java 1.6.4, we know little more about it. A newer version of Java should offer better stability and possibly improve performance. We’ll have to wait until 4J Studios or Mojang make more announcements before we know the full impact of the change.

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