Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta has finally fixed an errant hotbar pixel and more

Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Update Image
Minecraft Caves and Cliffs Update Image (Image credit: Mojang Studios)

What you need to know

  • Minecraft is a constantly evolving game, and Mojang Studios often tests future changes and updates through betas or snapshots.
  • The latest Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta is now available for Xbox, Windows, and Android devices, and includes lots of fixes.
  • The biggest change here, at least for the Minecraft community, is that the hotbar is no longer misaligned by a single pixel.
  • This beta is still built on 1.17 'Caves and Cliffs Update' Part One, and doesn't include any major new changes or experimental features.

Another week means another Minecraft beta, and Mojang Studios is delivering today with Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta, which is now available for supported devices. While this is a beta for the massive Caves and Cliffs Update, it's still built on 1.17 Part One, so don't expect any significant additions or alterations here. Still, there's at least one thing to get excited for, at least for the devoted and detail-oriented members of the Minecraft community.

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It's been recently brought to light that the hotbar for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition is actually misaligned by a single pixel, a fact that nearly broke our own Jez Corden upon discovering. Fortunately, Mojang Studios recognized the egregious issue for what it was and immediately set out to fix it as soon as possible.

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The fix for the errant pixel is arriving in this Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta, so the Minecraft community can collectively take a breath now. Of course, the gently askew hotbar was a minor aesthetic issue that didn't really affect anything, but it's still nice to see the detail rectified in this beta alongside the other, more major, improvements and bug fixes.

It's this attention to detail from Mojang Studios and the Minecraft community that has elevated it to the best Xbox games you can play, and we kept that same attitude when scouring the web for the absolute best Minecraft toys and gifts for any Minecraft fan.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition Beta includes:

Experimental features


  • Fixed incorrect position when dismounting at a negative world height

Features & bug fixes


  • Cartographers will now only give maps to undiscovered monuments


  • Enchanting Table's enchantment probability is now weighted

Vanilla parity

  • Fixed Barrier Block hitbox missing when not holding a Barrier Block
  • Fixed Barrier Blocks not blocking projectiles
  • Fixed Barrier Blocks not blocking player interaction with blocks behind them
  • Shulker Boxes now drop their contents when destroyed as an item
  • Bows and Tridents are now held more similarly to Java Edition
  • Grass and water block tint colors are no longer slightly randomized with noise
  • Abandoned villages are now far rarer, more closely matching the Java Edition


  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Trident, Shield, and Crossbow to render incorrectly when an additional player is connected over the internet using a Marketplace skin
  • Fixed a bug which could cause the Spyglass to appear as if it's being thrown when using a custom skin
  • Fixed emissive light propagation in ray tracing mode by increasing irradiance cache sample size
  • The hotbar is no longer too dark when anti-aliasing is increased
  • The crosshair no longer flickers during multiplayer sessions


  • Replaced loading bars with new loading spinner in the Marketplace

User interface

  • Fixed the hotbar being misaligned with XP bar by 1 pixel
  • Using the touch interface, holding the output slot on the Stonecutter or Loom will now rapidly craft items
  • Fixed an incorrect popup when attempting to activate a pack with a missing dependency
  • Fixed translation issues for some keys containing upper case letters

Technical updates


  • Animations and events defined in Behavior Packs can now run commands that require cheats without the player enabling cheats (such as setting certain rules with the /gamerule command)


  • potion.prefix and potion..postfix potion string resources have been renamed to potion..name
  • Potion name string resources have been changed so there are separate Splash and Lingering string resources
  • The old style of using potion.prefix and potion.*.postfix"is still supported

User interface

  • Content warning message now informs the user of issues with their language file if the format is invalid
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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.