What you need to know
- Minecraft has an insider beta program it uses to test future updates, fixes, and more, before releasing them to the public.
- The program is quite active, usually getting at least one update a week, and is available on Windows 10, Xbox, and Android devices.
- The latest Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta makes some fixes for accessibility features, death messages, and more.
- There are no new features in beta 188.8.131.52.
Minecraft is a massive game that just keeps getting bigger, as we saw at the recent Minecraft Live event, and those enrolled in Minecraft's super secret (not) beta program can get a sneak peek at future changes and updates. The latest beta, 184.108.40.206, mirrors other recent betas in that it simply contains bug fixes for the Nether Update, but it's still important to make sure everything is working as advertised before the update is rushed out to the public.
The latest beta fixes some issues with accessibility features, death messages, and a few other tidbits. The changelog for beta 220.127.116.11 includes:
- Fixed a bug where UI screen reader did not read the screen title in-game
- Fixed a bug where the UI screen reader did not read the shortcut button on the Pause Screen
- Fixed a bug where the UI screen reader did not read the title on the Profile and Edit Character screens
- Fixed an issue where the numbering of buttons in the Pause screen was wrong when using text-to-speech
- Fixed several issues regarding text contrast
- Death message bugfixes
- Death message for being shot by Shulker is now "sniped by shulker" instead of "slain by shulkerBullet"
- Death message for being fireballed by Blaze or Ghast is now "fireballed by Blaze / Ghast" instead of "slain by Blaze / Ghast"
- Death message for being shot by Skeleton is now "shot by skeleton" instead of "shot by arrow"
- Death message for being spit at by Llama is now "spitballed by Llama" instead of "slain by Llama spit"
- Death message for being killed with a trident is now "was impaled to death by " instead of "slain by Trident"
- Nether Brick Blocks are once again craftable
- Fixed the number of Nether Bricks in the Crafting Table
- Increased allowed spawn distance for raid mobs as well as improved the ability to find a valid raid spawn position
- Armor with the lock in inventory component can now be placed in the armor slots
- Fixed an issue of anyone using
query.get_equipped_item_namewith an item that was renamed wouldn't get the right result. Now we tie this to vanilla versioning so that the old name will be returned if the world is tied to a specific vanilla version
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Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.
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