Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta focuses on accessibility fixes

Minecraft Nether Update Java Image
Minecraft Nether Update Java Image (Image credit: Windows Central | Zachary Boddy)

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

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,, 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 includes:

Accessibility features

  • 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_name with 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



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.