Mojang expands Minecraft on consoles with new features, larger biomes, and two DLC packs

Kit McDonald

Mojang seems intent on building as much feature parity between its Java edition and the Bedrock editions. This morning, Minecraft on Xbox and PlayStation received an update that adds some features of the World of Color update, as well as previous patches.

Here’s most of what is included:

  • 7 new Achievements/Trophies
  • New UI engine (saving significant memory – which should boost performance!)
  • Llamas
  • Parrots
  • Woodland Mansion
  • Treasure Maps
  • Observer Block
  • Totem of Undying
  • Illagers! Vindicator, Vex and Evoker!
  • ‘Bouncy’ Beds
  • Dyeable beds
  • Option to change Biomes size to match other platforms (since they are smaller on console by default)

On top of the unnamed patch, Minecraft on console now has two more DLC packs added to its marketplace. The ‘Giants’ Glide track pack includes three new Glide mini-game maps to soar through: Mobs, Shrunk, and Body. Each is built in such a large scale that you’ll feel small and minuscule traversing through the course. The Mini Game Heroes skin pack also compliments the former with competitive team themed player textures.

While Xbox and PlayStation platforms should already be updating, the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles will be patiently waiting until later tonight according to the announcement. Furthermore, we should be seeing an update for Windows 10/Pocket Edition not far from now as we move towards the highly anticipated Better Together Update with multi-platform cross-play. Everyone except for PlayStation, that is.

Of course, Mojang did take care to note that ‘”those platforms which won’t support the Better Together Update will continue getting updates even after it lands.” So far, Sony is the only naysayer about the cross-platform update. At least PlayStation players won’t be left too far behind with features rolling out separately from the multiplayer experience.