Minecraft 1.20: How to play Bedrock Beta and Java Snapshot, features, more

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The Minecraft 1.20 update is on its way and Mojang is constantly announcing new exciting features coming to the game. With that in mind, here’s everything coming to the Minecraft 1.20 update as well as how you can play the snapshot and try it out for yourself.

Minecraft 1.20 was officially announced during the 2022 Minecraft Live, along with more information about the upcoming Minecraft Legends. The update announcement came just five months after the release of 1.19 but has already got fans extremely excited to see the new mobs, building blocks, and extra content for this ever-popular game.

However, unlike the previous update, Mojang has explained their desire to slowly announce content, ensuring they can add all they want into the game at the right time. While that’s a great way to live up to promises, it does make finding everything you need to know about the games next update rather tricky. With that in mind, we’ve put together everything you need to know about the Minecraft 1.20 update so you can be prepared to head back into the Nether, or whatever biome you choose with your favorite seed.

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How to play the Minecraft 1.20 Java Snapshot and Bedrock Beta

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If you own either the Java or the Bedrock edition of Minecraft, then you can try the new update before it’s officially released. It will change regularly but is well worth a look if you’re interested in the upcoming version of Minecraft. How to play the 1.20 update is described below.

How to play Minecraft 1.20 Java Snapshot

Playing the Java Snapshot of Minecraft 1.20 is relatively long-winded but will allow you to get a first look at the new update. To play the 1.20 update on Minecraft Java edition, follow these steps:

  1. Load up the Minecraft Launcher.
  2. Click on Installations.
  3. Tick Snapshots.
  4. Select ‘New Installation’.
  5. Under the Version bar, click Latest Release.
  6. Select the Latest snapshot you created and press play.
  7. Create a new world.
  8. Select Data Packs.
  9. Move the available packs over to Selected.
  10. Finalize the world and head into the game.

How to play Minecraft 1.20 Bedrock Beta

You can play the Minecraft 1.20 Bedrock Beta on PC, Xbox, or Android. To download it and get access, you’ll need to follow these steps.

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  1. Install and launch Minecraft Preview.
  2. Click Play Preview.
  3. Create a new world.
  4. Click on Experiments under the world setting before finalizing the new world.
  5. Toggle Next Major Update on.
  6. Press create and enjoy.

Does Minecraft 1.20 have a release date yet?

Currently, the 1.20 Minecraft update does not have a release date. It was revealed on October 15, 2022, but no release date or window was announced during the event.

Despite this, we predict it will at the very least arrive in Minecraft during 2023 and will likely be in the first half of the year unless any development issues arrive.

When a release date is announced we will be updating this article so be sure to come back soon.

Minecraft Live 1.20 announcement

The Minecraft 1.20 update was announced during Minecraft Live on October 15, 2022, where Minecraft developer Agnes Larsson detailed what players can expect and what they have learned from their previous mistakes during other large updates. You can watch the announcement below.

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Minecraft 1.20 features: Sniffer, Armor Trims, Bamboo & more

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Although there has been less announced in this update compared to previous Minecraft versions, there are still plenty of exciting additions players have to look forward to.

New Mobs: Sniffer and Camel

As it usually goes with most Minecraft Live events, players were able to vote on what mob they wanted to join Minecraft. For 2022, players voted for the Sniffer. This adorable mob farms unique seeds and will introduce brand new flowers and potentially crops for Minecraft.

The next mob coming to Minecraft 1.20 is the Camel. The Camel is a new rideable mob that two players can sit on at one time. It can dash over ravines, breed, and save you from mobs when on its back.

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New Blocks: Bamboo, Signs, and Bookshelves

Currently, there are three new block additions coming to Minecraft. Those are new hanging signs, a Bamboo wood set, and some working bookshelves.

The hanging signs can be displayed in a variety of locations from the side of buildings to the ceiling above you. They’re very similar to normal signs, except they’re more versatile and look better when placed in multiple locations.

The Bamboo wood set includes all normal wood creations as well as a unique mosaic pattern and a raft rather than a boat.

Lastly, you will soon be able to create bookshelves that let you place your books inside. These include enchanted books so you never have to worry about a packed inventory again. They also work with Redstone meaning those rooms hidden by bookshelves can now be a reality.

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Customize your armor using Smithing Templates in the new 1.20 update.

New Minecraft Armor Trims

Announced on January 24, 2023, Armor Trims will soon be joining the 1.20 version of Minecraft and is now playable through Minecraft Snapshot.

Armor Trims are a way to show off your own flair with personalized Armor designs. Now, you can dye your sets, and make them look exactly how you want using Smithing Templates.

That’s all we currently know about Minecraft’s 1.20 update. However, since it’s still in the early stages of development, more announcements are sure to come soon. Therefore, we will be updating this article whenever new information comes out so be sure to check back soon.

In the meantime, take a look at some of our other Minecraft guides and news:

All Mobs you can vote for | Everything we know about the Minecraft Camel | Minecraft Legends: Trailer, story, platforms, more | How to craft, copy, alter, & use maps in Minecraft | The best Minecraft skins in 2022 | How to make a Brewing Stand in Minecraft | Shaders and texture packs | Best Minecraft cheats and commands | How to join Minecraft roleplay servers | What does Depth Strider do? | The best servers for all types of gameplay