Mojang focuses on polish with the latest Minecraft: Java Edition snapshot

Minecraft Nether Update Beta Landscape
Minecraft Nether Update Beta Landscape (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • It's been a few weeks since the last snapshot for Minecraft.
  • As we get closer to a possible final release, Mojang is focusing on bug fixes.
  • The newest snapshot is no different, with plenty of small changes and improvements.
  • It's now available to try out for Minecraft: Java Edition.

It's been a while since we had any new builds for the Nether Update for Minecraft, so there's a lot of pressure on the latest snapshot for the Java Edition to be awesome and introduce a ton of new features! Yeah, we're not getting any of that.

As we inch towards a release date for the Nether Update, Mojang is hard at work making plenty of refinements and patching every bug they can find to make Minecraft as smooth as possible. This means there's not anything all that exciting in this snapshot, even if it's just as important as any other.

The few notable changes in this snapshot includes:

  • Patches of blackstone and gravel can now spawn anywhere.
  • Bastion remnants are now more uncommon.
  • Tweaks to blocks and vegetation when mining or using bone meal.
  • Tweaks to biomes and mob spawning.
  • Lots of bug fixes and improvements.

If you're interested in checking out the full changelog, you can find that here. Otherwise, you can get to work on installing the new snapshot so you can test out the latest build and give feedback to Mojang! For the rest of us, the wait shouldn't be much longer now before we can finally try this out for ourselves.



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.