Minecraft: Bedrock Edition 1.16.200 update releases for all platforms, changelog available
The latest update is a big one.
What you need to know
- Minecraft: Bedrock Edition is the universal, modern version of Minecraft that spans platforms.
- The latest update that includes changes, bug fixes, and improvements is now releasing for the Bedrock Edition everywhere.
- The update includes fixes and improvements for all platforms, but it especially has major additions for Minecraft on Windows 10.
- This includes the addition of ray tracing for everyone, easier VR support, and more.
Minecraft may not have news about the upcoming Caves and Cliffs Update slated for release sometime in Summer 2021, but it's still a big day for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, with the release of update 1.16.200. The latest update for Minecraft's universal platform that spans Xbox, Playstation, PC, and mobile devices is a big one, featuring a ton of bug fixes, parity improvements, minor changes, and more. For those who play Minecraft on Windows 10, however, this update is especially impressive.
Minecraft with RTX ray tracing officially releases today, which we reported on earlier, which means Minecraft on Windows 10 now has the modern RenderDragon engine that's been present on Xbox and Playstation since last year. OpenXR support also means Minecraft on Windows 10 can now be easily played in VR with Windows MR and Oculus VR devices with unified support that will incorporate future devices.
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The full changelog for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition update 1.16.200 includes:
- RenderDragon, the new graphics engine for Minecraft Bedrock platforms, is now available on Windows 10
- RenderDragon was developed by the Mojang Studios graphics team to give our game greater performance, stability, and flexibility. The new architecture of RenderDragon enables our developers to bring new graphics features such as physically based rendering (PBR) and ray tracing more easily to the game
- RenderDragon has been available for Xbox and PlayStation hardware since 2019, and we are now bringing it to Windows 10. We plan to bring RenderDragon to all Minecraft Bedrock platforms, including mobile devices, in the future
Minecraft with ray tracing
- Enabled Ray Tracing on Windows 10 with compatible graphics hardware
- Players can dramatically change the look and feel of the game. Immerse yourself in volumetric fog. See Minecraft in a whole new light with a cutting-edge dynamic lighting system, Ray Tracing
- Players can also experience advanced kinds of block textures including metallic surfaces, bump maps, normal maps, and light emission (Glowy, reflective dirt blocks? Yes, please!)
- Content in the Marketplace is now aware of Ray Tracing capabilities and will display a label indicating support within the user interface
Minecraft with OpenXR
- Minecraft on Windows 10 now uses OpenXR to support Windows MR and Oculus VR
- OpenXR is an open-source, royalty-free API standard that provides engines native access to a wide range of devices from vendors that span across VR / MR devices
- OpenXR implementation in Minecraft brings a more unified experience across current VR/MR devices as well as support for those yet to come
- You will still be able to launch through the Mixed Reality Portal, as well as the Oculus Store. However, there is also a URL to launch in VR:
- This can be made into a desktop shortcut, pinned to the start menu, bookmarked in a browser, or anything else you can do with a URL
- Added a variety of volume sliders for sound categories (eg. hostile, blocks, weather etc.)
- These play a preview of the relevant sounds in the main settings menu, and play the default click sound when in-game
- Basalt can no longer be destroyed by Ghast fireballs
- Basalt blocks now take slightly more time to destroy
- Dragon Egg now always drops as an item when it's destroyed by an explosion
- Right-clicking a snow block with a shovel no longer breaks the snow block
- Dirt Paths (formerly Grass Path) can now be made by using a shovel on Dirt, Podzol, Mycelium, Coarse Dirt, and grass
- Updated the Netherite leggings texture (MCPE-103016)
- Twisting Vines can no longer be placed on Composter blocks while sneaking
- Netherite Armor now gives a ninety percent reduction in Knockback
- Bees will no longer stray more than 22 blocks from their home Beehive
- Players running Minecraft on Windows 10 N 32-bit systems may encounter a crash when loading the game if the Media Foundation Pack is not installed. This can be resolved by downloading and installing the Media Foundation Pack
- Players are unable to rejoin a world after being disconnected from a suspended session
- In VR, Living room hint text doesn't change correspondingly when input method changes from gamepad to motion controller
Performance & stability
- Improved chunk loading speed when flying with Elytra
- Large numbers of scheduled instant updates no longer crash the game
- Fixed a crash that could occasionally occur when going through a portal or flying around in Creative mode
- Fixed a crash that could occasionally occur while flying or moving around the game world
- Fixed a crash that could occur when loading a local world
- Fixed an issue where some mobile devices would lose audio after suspend and resume
- Fixed an issue that caused a crash on Nintendo Switch when trying to load a 256x resolution resource pack
- The system now blocks that selection and notifies the player they cannot select it
- Players that own The Founder's Cape will once again see it within the Capes tab of the Dressing Room
- Only preview items will be shown in crafting screen when auto crafting an item on controller. This prevents rapid updates of the Recipe Book
- Fixed the player's hand still bobbing if View Bobbing was disabled
- Fixed mobs and other entities freezing and becoming desynced with their bodies
- Villagers will no longer steal workstations from each other
- Mobs no longer randomly stop attacking and following their targets
- Piglins that are close together can no longer pick up the same item if it's dropped between them
- Update Zombified Piglin texture to remove flickering of loincloth
- Mobs no longer spawn in Wither Roses
- Bees now only exit at the front of Beehives and Bee Nests
- Mobs are no longer teleported back and forth outside solid objects if there is not enough space for multiple entities
- Compass is no longer consumed when used on a Lodestone in Creative mode
- Glowsticks no longer use placeholder textures (Education Feature)
- Cocoa Pods generated in Jungles now generate in the proper direction
- Signs no longer replace decorations when attempting to place in the same space as the decoration
- Fixed a bug where End Portal blocks were not removed after an End Portal Frame block was destroyed. Filled blocks other than End Portal blocks will remain in place
- Owned packs are now refreshed correctly after restarting the game when playing in VR
- Fixed the screen reader not reading the screen title in-game
- Fixed the screen reader not reading the shortcut button on the Pause Screen
- Fixed the screen reader not reading the screen title and shortcut buttons on the Invite to Game Screen
- Fixed the screen reader not reading the title on the Profile and Edit Character screens
- Fixed the numbering of buttons on the Pause Screen being wrong when using text-to-speech
- The Emote Wheel now supports the screen reader
- Fixed an issue where the screen reader was not reading updates often enough on some devices
- Fixed the screen reader so messages with controller icons in the Chat Screen are read correctly
- The screen reader now reads the Open Chat Message while Text To Speech For Chat is turned off
- Fixed several issues regarding text contrast in the user interface
- Fixed an issue where the Servers tab would not correctly read text-to-speech prompts when not signed into a Microsoft account
- Fixed various issues where text-to-speech indices on the start screen were not correct
- Fixed issues where user interface controls would be improperly indexed in text-to-speech for popup modals
- Reduced transparency on top row of buttons in Touch UI to improve readability
- Added UI start up screen to inform players if they are running on outdated graphics drivers
- Fixed several death messages:
- "slain by Llama spit" --> "spitballed by Llama"
- "slain by shulkerBullet" --> "sniped by shulker"
- "slain by Blaze" --> "fireballed by Blaze"
- "slain by Ghast" --> "fireballed by Ghast"
- "shot by arrow" --> "shot by skeleton"
- "slain by Trident" --> "was impaled to death by Trident"
- Fixed paperdoll such that it can now always be rotated with the mouse when in the Dressing Room
- "Classic Controls - Intense" font color now matches the surrounding text in VR Controls menu
- Preview items in the crafting grid now have a different colored background depending on item availability in the inventory
- The Player Permissions menu can once again be navigated using a controller regardless of the player's permission level
- "X" button in Chat Settings is no longer present when using a controller
- Profile screen has been improved, now characters are visible and can be selected or modified as soon as they load
- Avoid purchasing a Realm if the player cancels out of "Purchase History Needed" dialog screen
- 'Strawberry Blonde' color now has correct name in the Character Creator
- Loading screen tips no longer display the "tips.game.62" (No ID)
- Fixed the visual focus indicator disappearing in VR when hovering on tabs in VR with screen reader enabled
- Scoreboard now displays properly on the pause screen when displaying in list mode
Commands, creators, add-ons, & more
There are also some changes to commands, map creation, add-ons, and some other technical changes that weren't included here. You can find them in the full changelog on Mojang's website.
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