Minecraft Preview improves vanilla parity, Spectator Mode, and more

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What you need to know

  • Minecraft Preview is now available for interested players to explore and test.
  • The pre-release build includes dozens of fixes and changes across the Spectator Mode, technical features, vanilla parity, and beyond.
  • The build is testing plenty of Minecraft improvements for a future Minecraft 1.19 "The Wild Update" patch update.
  • Minecraft: Java Edition also received a new snapshot build in the form of 1.19.2 Release Candidate 1.

Players that love to be at the forefront of Minecraft development have a sizeable release to explore today, as Mojang Studios is now releasing Minecraft Preview This build includes a number of fixes, changes, and improvements across numerous categories, and is rolling out to players on every platform.

The Minecraft Preview build continues to add to Minecraft 1.19 "The Wild Update" with a host of bug fixes and tweaks, including to vanilla parity, the still-in-development Spectator Mode, and beyond. There's a lot to explore in this release, but it is still, ultimately, a minor build that doesn't contain any new features or major changes.

Minecraft is in a perpetual state of improvement, big and small, as part of its quest to remain one of the most popular Xbox games in the world. Today, Mojang Studios is testing a range of changes with Minecraft's most dedicated players, but the company also recently released a new Minecraft: Bedrock Edition hotfix to players on every platform.

In case you missed it, Mojang Studios also recently published its official stance on blockchain tech and NFTs in Minecraft, and Windows Central discussed why the studio made the right decision.

The full changelog for Minecraft Preview includes:

Features & bug fixes


  • Mud Brick Slab can now be placed as a top slab via commands

Dedicated server

  • Added server property `disable-custom-skins` to block untrusted skins on a server wide level


  • Piston's animation when extending and retracting is now smooth


  • Mangrove, Crimson, and Warped Planks can now be used to repair Shields


  • The "Cannot connect to Marketplace” error will no longer be erroneously read by the Text-To-Speech reader


  • Fixed a bug causing Leads to break with Allays after the owner player changes dimensions

Stability & performance

  • Fixed a bug causing an occasional crash when loading players in beds

User interface

  • Fixed a UI bug where enchanted leather items would have parts of the texture not displaying the glint animation
  • Added new disconnection error messages to better highlight the area in which the disconnection occurred

Border block

  • Border blocks should now prevent passage at all heights


  • The Goat's ram animation was modified to slowly lower their head when preparing to ram


  • Raid bar no longer becomes stuck after breaking Beds to cancel a raid


  • Fixed a bug that rarely caused the Villager's bounding box to become desynced with the server when sleeping

Vanilla parity


  • Endermen no longer get angry at Creative players
  • Modified the fireball entity's collision box to match Java Edition
  • The Enchanting Table now produces a sound when enchanting an item
  • Amethyst blocks no longer produce sound when jumping off of them


  • Modified the Cat's head position while sitting to match Java Edition

User interface

  • The item stack popup animation will now only play when a new item is added to the stack
  • If a Villager has a Nametag, it is now displayed along with their trade tier

Deep Dark

  • Increased Sculk Shrieker and Sculk Sensor generation rates in Deep Dark and Ancient Cities to better match Java Edition

Melon block

  • Fixed the bottom texture of the Melon block to match the top texture

Technical updates

Actor properties

  • Numerical actor properties (float and integer) will now always clamp their values into the range of values specified

Add-ons & script engine

  • `minecraft:instant_despawn` no longer affects players


  • Command selector now gets the same position for the player that the command origin player position gets


  • Fixed a bug where the text-to-speech feature would read the entire "My Content" page, both highlighted and non-highlighted items

Experimental features


  • Removed usage of `minecraft:unwalkable` block component and added block creative group and category to the block description


  • The `/execute if block` command now displays integer values for block positions

GameTest Framework

  • `Vector`
    • Fixed a bug where function `length` would return undefined
    • Added function `lengthSquared` — Returns the squared length of the vector
    • Added `stackOverflow` as a possible `WatchdogTerminateReason` for the `beforeWatchdogTerminate` event
  • `IRawMessage` — Interface object representing a message
    • `rawtext : (string | IRawMessage)[]` — (optional) A list of text objects used to build a message
    • `text : string` — (optional) A string containing plain text to display directly. Only valid when used as a sub member in a parent `rawtext` or `with` member
    • `translate : string` — (optional) String representing a translation identifier to translate text in the player's selected language
    • `with : (string | IRawMessage)[]` — (optional) A list of text object arguments used to fill values in the translate text. Ignored when `translate` is not present
    • `say(string | IRawMessage)` — Used to broadcast a message to all players
    • `tell(string | IRawMessage)` — Send a message to a player
  • Fixed a bug where Dynamic Properties would not persist when using worlds hosted on Bedrock Dedicated Server or Realms
  • Pack dependencies on native modules can be declared using the module name without the need to specify a UUID, using the `module_name` attribute. The module name matches the import statement (for example, `mojang-minecraft`)
  • Removed `mojang-gametest` module version 0.1.0; packs using `mojang-gametest` specific APIs must be updated to use GameTest version 1.0.0-beta
  • The `mojang-gametest` module 1.0.0-beta requires `mojang-minecraft` module 1.0.0-beta

Spectator Mode

  • Endermen no longer become angry at players in Spectator Mode
  • Players in Spectator Mode can no longer interact with Sculk Sensors by swimming in water or lava
  • Players switching into Spectator Mode will unhook any fish hooks attached to them
  • Players in Spectator mode can no longer be pushed by explosions
  • Powder Snow no longer emits particles when spectators move through it
  • Big Dripleaf no longer tilts when touched by players in Spectator Mode
  • Players in Spectator Mode now keep their inventories and equipped items on death
  • Spectators can no longer attract mob's attention when holding their favorite food
  • The `/testfor` command can now target spectators
  • The Spectator game mode can no longer be entered via the `/gamemode` command, only via `/gamemode` spectator
  • Spectators using touch controls can no longer break Boats and Minecarts
  • Pufferfish no longer react to nearby spectators

Minecraft: Bedrock Edition

One of the greatest ways to play Minecraft is Bedrock Edition, which spans every modern gaming platform imaginable. Mojang Studios is always working on improving the legendary game through the Minecraft Preview program.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Minecraft: Java Edition and Minecraft: Bedrock Edition are available through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, making Microsoft's subscription service the best place to gain access to everything Minecraft.

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Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.