Last week we reported that a huge update was heading down the pipeline for the console versions of Minecraft. Mojang and 4J Studios have now revealed that the certification processes are complete, and Update 18.8 is finally available for Minecraft on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. You should receive the update at some point today, depending on when your store refreshes.
One thing to note is that Minecraft Update 18.8 is planned for PS Vita as well, though that version has been delayed by just a few days. Also, the recently released Minecraft: Wii U Edition won’t receive the features of this update until some time in 2016.
As far as what Minecraft Update 18.8 actually brings to the console versions of the game, to list them all would be a bit staggering. Here’s some highlights though:
New Items: “Armour Stand, Raw Rabbit, Cooked Rabbit, Rabbit Stew, Raw Mutton, Cooked Mutton, Rabbit’s Foot, Rabbit Hide, Potion of Leaping, Potion of Water Breathing, Salmon, Cooked Salmon, Clownfish, Pufferfish, Blue Orchid, Allium, Azure Bluet, Tulips, Oxeye Daisy, Sunflower, Lilac, Poppy (replaces Rose), Rose Bush, Peony, Double Tall Grass, Large Ferns, Prismarine Crystals, and Prismarine Shard have all been added!”
New Blocks: “Podzol, Granite, Polished Granite, Andesite, Polished Andesite, Diorite, Polished Diorite, Prismarine, Dark Prismarine, Prismarine Bricks, Red Sand, Red Sandstone, Smooth Red Sandstone, Chiseled Red Sandstone, Red Sandstone Stairs, Sea Lanterns, Wet Sponge, Slime Blocks, Coarse Dirt, Packed Ice, Acacia Saplings, and Dark Oak Saplings are now available in-game.”
New Mobs: “Endermite, Guardian, Elder Guardian, Rabbit, and Chicken Jockey now roam the lands!” and new Biomes: “Mesa, Mega Taiga, Roofed Forest, Birch Forest, Forest, Savanna, Extreme Hills+, Deep Ocean, and Snowless Taiga are all available for exploration.”
It also impacts features within the game in addition to the new stuff being added, so check out the full patch notes to see it all.