Take a peek at what's coming in the Holiday Update for Minecraft: Console Edition

Microsoft has offered up a sneak peek at what Minecraft: Console Edition fans will get to check out when the game's upcoming Holiday Update hits Xbox One and more in December. Microsoft is billing this as the Console Edition's biggest update of the year, and it's easy to see why.

Here's just a taste of what's coming, according to Microsoft:

  • If you're sick of spending all your time walking on solid ground, just equip the new Elytra, which enables players to glide through the air!
  • You'll find your Elytra in The End, which has been updated to include End Cities, End Ships and all the Chorus Plants, Flowers and Purpur you can handle. Don't say we didn't warn you if one turns out to be a Shulker.
  • Like potions? Use Dragon's Breath to create Lingering Potions if you want to leave some status effects on the ground for a friend or foe to happen upon. Speaking of status effects, we're adding a couple new ones as well – Levitation and Luck.
  • If you're just getting started on a new world on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you can turn on Amplified Terrain. This option makes the differences between mountains and valleys more extreme – so put that Elytra to good use!

That's only a small taste of what's coming in the Holiday Update, as Microsoft has promised more will be revealed at launch. As for a launch date, you can expect to grab your Elytra and start gliding through the world when the update lands in late December.

Are you excited about any particular feature making its way to Minecraft: Console Edition? Let us know in the comments!

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