What's new in Minecraft Beta & Preview 1.19.40.20?

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A new version has been rolled out: meet Minecraft Beta & Preview 1.19.40.20. You can read the official Changelog here. Great beta!

The update was announced by @Mega_Spud on Twitter:

Made a lot of important changes! Let's talk briefly about everything:

Updated Touch Controls

Touch controls have been updated. Now the game has two new control modes. When you start the first game on the new version, you will be asked which mode you want to enable:

  • Joystick & tap to interact (we like)
  • D-Pad & tap to interact
  • Joystick & aim crosshair

Selecting control mode.

If you don't like the selected mode, you can go to Settings > Touch and click Select Control Mode.

Select control mode in game settings.

Added support for dragging and dropping with touch gestures in the inventory:

Drag and drop.

Added a more tailored user experience for stack splitting with touch, initiated by long pressing on a stack of items:

Stack splitting.

Updated the positioning of status effects for Pocket UI:

Effects bar.

Other features:

  • When the auto-jumping feature is enabled, the player will now automatically jump out of water when moving toward a block on land
  • Double tapping 'descend' now toggles off flight in Joystick touch control modes

Developers are asked to leave feedback here: https://aka.ms/mctouchfeedback.  

Mobs spawning in Ancient Cities

Unwanted mobs no longer spawn within the bounds of an Ancient City!

Ancient city.

Name of the weapon in the chat

When killing with a renamed weapon, a death message with the name of the item now appears.

Background for Hotbar item text 

And one another interesting change: Hotbar item text background now is affected by the Text Background Opacity slider. See how comfortable the text looks without a background:

Hotbar item text.

These were the most interesting changes! If you need a complete list, read the official Changelog.

What do you think about the update? Write in the comments.

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