Minecraft 'Bedrock' beta now lets you easily clone buildings, adds foxes

What you need to know

  • Minecraft is an incredibly popular building game.
  • It keeps on getting new features to allow for easier building.
  • Today, the game's beta got foxes and a "Structure Block" to clone buildings.
  • Minecraft is part of Xbox Game Pass (opens in new tab).

Minecraft has been getting few features for many years now, and that's one of the main reasons why it's played by over 90 million players each month. While a lot of gamers prefer to experience "Survival Mode," many others like the freedom "Creative Mode" offers. Unfortunately, copying massive structures isn't easy and you have to use third-party file editing tools to quickly clone buildings. Luckily, that's about to change.

Today, the developer Mojang, now under the banner of Xbox Game Studios, announced the availability of the "Structure Block" in the Minecraft: Bedrock Beta. According to a post on the game's website, "Structure blocks are a really handy editing tool... they're an incredibly helpful way of copying and pasting builds all over your Minecraft world. To use them in this beta, make sure you toggle the Use Experimental Gameplay option in the settings."

You can customize how many blocks you want your Structure Block to cover, and depending on those dimensions, everything will be saved. You can then easily copy and paste the building anywhere. You can even clone any number of times. For example, let's say that you want to create a row of houses in a city you're building. Now, you can just make one and then copy and paste the rest! This is incredibly useful and has been a much-requested feature for years now.

Aside from the Structure Block, you should also see a new creature roaming the world. It appears to be a fox and looks absolutely adorable from what we've played so far. Minecraft is part of Xbox Game Pass so you can play it right now.

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  • This is awesome. I hope they expand the clone feature to allow you to clone structures in Survival mode. It'd be a great tool for villages. Copy a building, gather resources, and let the villagers assemble your blueprints.
  • I doubt you will have this in survival unless you enable cheats. or for some strange reason get your self a copy of a glitched world or do some fancy. mc world edit techniques to do some fancy stuff.
  • Does Java even have this built in?
  • no Idea I stopped playing java.
  • Yes, they have it built in, but the UI is horrible.
  • What ever happened to the Super Duper Graphics Pack? It's been over two years since it was announced.
  • someday after they rewright the gfx engin for the bedrock game.
  • structure blocks is something we have wanted for a long time. this well be nice to see what can be built faster for the marketplace with these.