Earlier this week it was announced that sometime in December the consoles versions of Minecraft would be getting a huge update. How big you ask? Well, this will be the console adaptation of 1.8.1 version (aka: The Bountiful Update) and the PC is about to receive the 1.9 version (aka: The Combat Update) in early 2016. For anyone that has never picked up the PC version of Minecraft, prepare to have your mind blown with this new update on the console.
Some of the things that have changed include an increase in biomes and a revamping of old ones. Mesa, Mega Taiga, Deep Ocean, Roofed Forest and Extreme Hills+ are just a few of the biomes named and there’s 20 new technical biomes in addition to that. Fishing and Enchanting have also changed mechanics in a way. Fishing will now have a bubbling animation to signify you’ve caught something and there will be a three tiered treasure system to expand what can be caught. Enchanting now requires Lapus Lazuli; also books can have more than one enchantment attached at a time.
This doesn’t even scratch the surface of the new update. There are also new blocks like Andesite, Granite, Red Sand and Packed Ice, while blocks you couldn’t normally craft before, such as chiseled stone, can now be created. Bunnies, Endermites and Guardians join the mobs of the world and have all new drops as well.
As you can probably tell, there’s a lot going on in Minecraft. Now is the time to get a copy of the console version on the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PS Vita or Xbox 360 if you haven’t tried the global phenomenon yet. To check out the full list of updated features, head over to the official Minecraft Xbox page here.