Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta further improves 'the Nether Update' with bug fixes

Minecraft Nether Update Java Image
Minecraft Nether Update Java Image (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition is cooking up a solid update for the Nether Update, with a new beta releasing today.
  • The beta builds on top of previous betas with even more bug fixes, stability improvements, a parity changes.
  • It seems to be a pretty decent beta, and comes the same day the Java Edition gets a new stable release with 1.16.3.

Minecraft builds have parted a tad again between the Bedrock and Java Editions, with the Bedrock Edition getting its beta build today, and the Java Edition enjoying its 1.16.3 stable release. The latest beta build for the Bedrock Edition continues to improve the Nether Update while also bringing the two editions of Minecraft closer together. Bug fixes, stability improvements, parity changes, and even some more changes to the Achievements screen are all in play here.

The changelog for the build include:

Performance and stability

  • Game no longer crashes if a player opens a Shulker Box they're standing on after rejoining a multiplayer session
  • Fixed crash when using /fill command with Portal to fill huge amount of blocks

Vanilla parity

  • Baby Zoglins now have cute oversized heads
  • Shroomlight block can now be used with the Composter
  • Crimson Fungus and Warped Fungus can now be placed on Mycelium blocks
  • Observers will no longer get stuck in an active state when moved by a piston
  • The "Thing" banner can now be crafted at the Loom
  • All expected blocks and items can now be composted again


  • Portal blocks placed with /setblock or /fill commands that are not part of a valid portal structure will only exist for 1 second before they are removed
  • Foxes will no longer take damage when falling on berries
  • Text and background for the title command (Title, Subtitle, and Actionbar) have been adjusted and spaced out
  • Dressing room now shows cached Character Creator items when offline
  • 24 bit PNGs without an alpha channel are no longer accepted as valid custom skins


  • Boots enchanted with Soul Speed no longer become stuck on mobs or the player after breaking
  • Piglin Brutes preserve equipment when zombified

User interface

  • The Smithing Table screen now contains hammer icon and UI elements appear correctly when using the "Pocket" UI profile setting

Achievements screen

  • Made the reward frame on the list item the same as the art frame
  • Improved the tap visual feedback
  • Decreased safe zone size
  • Fixed an issue where it was impossible to move focus away from Back button using a keyboard
  • Fixed an issue where the new achievement screens would sometimes incorrectly apply safe zone along the split in split screen mode, instead of just at the window edges

Technical changes

  • Bandwidth optimization: make sure level event packets only broadcast locally
  • Spatial Bandwidth Optimizations are now exposed through a component, minecraft:conditional_bandwidth_optimization
  • Spatial Bandwidth Optimizations are now utilized by every actor using minecraft:conditional_bandwidth_optimization
  • Added the selector component to raw text which can be used to print entity names in commands such as tellraw and titleraw
  • Structures are no longer cut off when loaded using the /structure command
  • FMOD music channel now sets its priority to 0 when music is played to prevent FMOD virtual channel from stealing it when a regular sound is played in game (default priority is 128)

If you're interested, you can learn how to enroll in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition betas, or you can wait until October 3, 2020 for the Minecraft Live event, which should give us a sneak peek at the future of Minecraft.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

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.