Minecraft is getting some redstone changes for Windows 10 and Pocket versions

Developer Mojang will be making some changes in how redstone works in its popular sandbox game Minecraft for Windows 10 and Pocket edition gamers.

For those of you who don't play Minecraft, redstone (not to be confused with the Windows 10 update that has the code name "Redstone") is a special substance in the game's world that can transmit power. PC and Mac users also have another way to use redstone called quasi-connectivity, and it's actually a bug that, in Mojang's own words, has turned into a feature.

In the PC edition of Minecraft, pistons can receive redstone power from a distance of two blocks when they are placed in a very specific diagonal position, rather than from a block right next to it. But blocks only get updated when something affects adjacent blocks. It means that you can power a piston and then remove the power without the piston detecting it! It puts the piston in this state where it actually needs to be deactivated, but doesn't know yet. Clever minecrafters exploit that to build elaborate trigger mechanisms known as Block Update Detectors: when something happens to a block next to a piston - like a block being placed or destroyed, gravel falling, fire igniting, rails re-orientating or even cake being eaten - the piston will "wake up", notice that it isn't powered any more, retract and trigger something else.

The Windows 10 and Pocket versions of Minecraft did not add this "feature" but Mojang decided to create an Observer block that basically does the same thing:

It checks for changes in the environment and, if triggered, switches between emitting a strong signal and an unpowered state - but without relying on a bug to do so. We've tested this with lots and lots of different builds, and we can't wait to see what you lot do with it. We've also added some other cool stuff: pistons can now push chests and many other things!

PC and Mac users will still have this redstone bug in place; Mojang does not intend to "fix" it.

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John Callaham
  • Give us mobile 10 users realms and achievements mojang! Otherwise, don't care what they add.
  • It's unacceptable that Minecraft on Windows Phone and Windows Mobile doesn't have Xbox achievements.
  • What's unacceptable is that there's no way to save/back up your world if you swap phones or need to hard reset.
  • Totally unacceptable, you should sue because that's a feature you didn't have in the past and don't currently have now.
  • Totally unacceptable because both those features have been added to the Android version!!!!
  • "That's not a bug, it's a feature!"
  • When realms and mods on xbox one?
  • Bro you confused me
  • So what I'm getting from the article is basically: We have Redstone (R), Blocks (B), a source (S), and Pistons (P). Normally a working redstone build would work like SRRRP or SRRRBP (Block not necessarily in that exact position). But in certain redstone configurations (There are probably hundreds of YouTube tutorials that show them), SRRRBP will not work because the game hasn't told B that it's powering something yet (Due to the aforementioned bug). So if you put another block adjacent to B itself, B will update, the circuit will run. I can see someone build a key system of sorts, attaching a command block instead of a piston and destroying any block placed in that position, which then dispenses into a hidden Hopper+chest, and also opens a door. Mojang just adds a new block to Pocket and W10 which detects the adjacent block instead of using an exploit that doesn't exist in those versions
  • I totally understand what you said. But others didnt. Can you explain that again like I was 5 ;). Its for the other people...
  • Redstone bug that causes a powered block to "sleep". If block around a sleeping block is changed, circuit runs. Huge potential for redstone contraptions. If it was elaborate enough, you could have a house that could never break because the sleeping block would trigger a circuit to replace it. Now W10 and Pocket editions don't have bug. People sad. Mojang builds block based off of the bug. People happy.
  • I hope this update doesn't mess up my redstone
  • Haha. Maybe Mojang like that bug very much. Say thank you for computers who made this bug to happen.
  • All your base are belong to us.
  • Tbh, I have tried every combination possible with that damn block and large creations are just near impossible to make (did burn down a villager city using a small attack ship and invade it with zombies )