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New Minecraft: Bedrock Edition beta adds ambient sounds to the Nether, fixes bugs

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

What you need to know

  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition has a beta program on Xbox, Windows 10, and Android to test new features and bug fixes.
  • The latest beta, 1.16.210.50, comes with a handful of bug fixes and one significant parity improvement for the Nether.
  • With this update, the Nether will now have ambient sounds, just like it does in the Java Edition of Minecraft.
  • This beta is available to install and test soon and will likely be included in a future public release.

The time has come for another Minecraft beta, this time coming in the form of update 1.16.210.50. The latest beta for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition is a small one, mostly including a handful of bug fixes for the game and the recently updated Achievements screen, but there is one notable addition that comes in the form of a parity change. Minecraft: Java Edition has had ambient noises in the Nether Update for ages now, and those background noises are now coming to the universal Bedrock Edition of Minecraft in this beta update.

Minecraft remains one of the Best Games for Kids but is great fun for all ages. Make sure you're set up with one of the Best Headsets for Xbox Series X|S, that way, you can pick out every single one of the new ambient sounds in the Nether.

The full changelog for Minecraft beta 1.16.210.50 includes:

Known issues

  • Entities are not rendered for the second, third, and fourth players while playing in split-screen on Xbox consoles

Vanilla parity

  • Players now experience ambient sounds in The Nether
    • Mobile players will need to update the Minecraft Original Music Pack via the Marketplace to hear these new sounds

Bug fixes

General

  • Players are once again able to join servers when the server has view-distance set to 4 or less
  • Animations for custom mobs based on vanilla actor types for their "runtime_identifier" (such as Pandas and Polar Bears) will now work properly
  • Brought back capability to rejoin a server after it has been suspended and resumed

Accessibility

  • Fixed the screen reader not reading the title on the Permissions screen

Achievement screen

  • Removed the input legend of the Achievement page Summary panel when narration is enabled
  • Fixed an issue where the scrollbar could be hidden behind the input legend
  • Fixed achievement details page getting its content hidden behind the Input legend
  • Updated size of achievement reward frame
  • Updated frame art for locked achievements

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Zachary Boddy
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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.