Minecraft: Bedrock Edition releases beta, working on 'Caves and Cliffs Update' betas

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

What you need to know

  • Minecraft has a beta program on Xbox, Windows, and Android that tests updates before they're released.
  • The latest beta,, is a minor release that fixes a handful of bugs with 'the Nether Update.'
  • Mojang Studios is hard at work on the 'Caves and Cliffs Update,' which is coming later this year.
  • Future betas will be for the 1.17 branch, or 'Caves and Cliffs Update' branch, but we're not quite there yet.

Another Minecraft update today, this time in the form of Beta Update, is rolling out now to beta testers on Xbox, Windows, and Android devices. This beta is a minor release, fixing a handful of bugs that are still lingering in the Nether Update. Alas, there's no new Caves and Cliffs Update features here, but a Mojang Studios member mentioned that the team is hard at work on delivering Caves and Cliffs Update features in future betas, so, hopefully, we don't have long to wait before Minecraft's next major update is in full swing.

While we're all patiently waiting for Minecraft's biggest update since, well, the Nether Update to begin testing in earnest, be sure to check out our list of Best Minecraft Merch, Toys, and Gifts for some awesome ideas for both you and Minecraft fans in your life.

The full changelog for Minecraft beta includes:

Stability & performance

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when changing language settings


  • Fixed an issue that was causing the Ender Dragon animation to appear jittery
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Actors from initializing their animation component



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.