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Minecraft 1.16 Snapshot 20w18a update: The new changes

Minecraft 1.16 Snapshot 20w18a

When it comes to the sandbox genre of video games, no other game is as popular as Minecraft. Developed by Markus Persson and published by Mojang way back in 2011, Minecraft has been around for almost ten years now, and over that period of time, it has received numerous updates that contained new content, various bug fixes and quality of life improvements and not too long ago, the latest Minecraft 1.16 Snapshot 20w18a update was released.

The biggest changes

Minecraft 1.16 Snapshot 20w18a update was added to the game on April 30th, 2020 and with it, just like with every other update, various new things were added and some of the already present ones have changed. The biggest two changes that have been added with the Minecraft 1.16 Snapshot 20w18a update are the Redstone Wire Changes and the ability of Target Block to conduct Redstone signals.

The update has also fixed some of the bugs which were present in the game for a while now such as the broken spawn rats in soul sand valley and warped forests. Additionally, other minor bugs and game crashes have been addressed such as the one that occurred when players were trying to optimize the world.

Redstone wire

The first major change addressed the block state, rendering, and behavior of redstone wire and now causes them to correspond with each other more precisely. A single redstone now provides power to connected blocks located on all of its sides and it is visually distinctive from those sides that are not connected.

  • A single redstone wire is now represented as a cross.
  • A wire on top of a block, which is redirected from below, will power the sides it is redirected to now. E.g. a fence gate above the redirecting wire will be powered.
  • Wires that redirect upwards to wires on non-conductive blocks used to only be redirected visually. Now, this redirection applies to their behavior as well.
  • A wire that is redirected to go over a block will now always provide power to the block. This is most noticeable when the wire has signal strength 1.

Technical Changes

Minecraft 1.16 Snapshot 20w18a update also featured some technical changes, the list of which you will be able to find below.

  • Added an enable-status option to the server. properties file which if set to false will suppress replies to status requests from clients. This makes the server appear offline in the multiplayer screen.
  • Added control over how much entity data a server sends to clients
  • Advancement system changes

Get the Snapshot

Snapshots are available for Minecraft: Java Edition. To install the snapshot, open up the Minecraft Launcher and enable snapshots in the “Installations” tab.

Snapshots can corrupt your world, so please backup and/or run them in a different folder from your main worlds.

Cross-platform server jar:

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Nikola Stevanovic

Nikola Stevanovic aka Nidzan received his first console when he was 2 years old, and since then, he never left the world of video games. Over the years, Nidzan played all different kinds of video games and has become a huge video game enthusiast. After graduating from college, he became a writer and used his knowledge to get into the gaming industry as a writer effectively combining his work and his love of video games. Nowadays, Nidzan enjoys researching and writing about video games as well as playing games such as Dota 2, World of Warcraft, and Sea of Thieves in his free time.

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