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Pocket Edition 1.2

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Official name

Better Together Update[1]

Planned release date

Q3 2017

Other editions of 1.2

1.2, also known as the Better Together Update, is an upcoming major update mentioned in E3 with no set release date. This update provides cross-platform compatibility[1] and ports the Pocket/Windows 10 version to the Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. The iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 10, Gear VR, the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch editions will now be merged under one title - "Minecraft".[1]

Planned additions


  • Splitscreen functionality[2]
  • In-game help guide.[3]
  • How to play/tutorial screen[3]
  • Redesigned crafting UI incorporating the recipe book[4]
  • Options
    • World preferences[5]
    • Other gamerule preferences[6]
      • Daylight Cycle
      • Fire Spreads
      • TNT Explodes
      • Keep Inventory
      • Mob Spawning
      • Natural Regeneration
      • Mob Loot


Dual wielding
  • You can now put a map on the off hand[7]

Command format

  • Version exclusive: /tickingareas
    • Replaces the functionality of spawn chunks in the Java Edition and allows the creation of areas that update even if no player is around[8][9]
    • Many ticking areas can be created as long as the chunk limit is not exceeded[10]
    • Ticking areas work inter-dimensional[10]
    • Enables features such as crop growth, command blocks, redstone and mob activity when the player is not around[11][12]
    • Command variations:
      • tickingarea add <from: x y z> <to: x y z> [name: string] (adds a ticking area for a set string in a defined area)
      • tickingarea add circle <center: x y z> <radius: int> [name: string] (adds a ticking area for a set string in a defined circular area)
      • tickingarea remove <position: x y z> (removes a ticking area from a position)
      • tickingarea remove <name: string> (removes a ticking area from a set string)
      • tickingarea remove_all (removes all ticking areas)
      • tickingarea list [all-dimensions] (lists all ticking areas)
  • Version exclusive: tick_world component to entities[13]
    • Prevents entities from despawning and makes an entity load the world
    • Optional despawn distance available for entities which should despawn when players are far away (eg Ender Dragon)[14]
  • Version exclusive: user interface elements for commands to prevent the need for typing[15]
  • @s selector[16]
    • Used to target the entity executing the command

World generation




Planned changes


  • Option to import existing Console Edition worlds to this new edition[1]
  • In-game servers.[1]
  • Version exclusive: Temperature decreases with height[39][40]
  • Block selections can be shown using a black outline, rather than displaying the block as a lighter color (similar to the Java Edition)[41]
    • Old block selection interface can still be used, although the new interface is default on Xbox One and Switch[42]
    • Hiding UI elements now hides block selections as well[43]

Command format

  • Version exclusive: A WIP UI driven layer on top of some of the most common commands. [44]
  • New command parsing system[45]
    • Autocomplete works "everywhere", including selector arguments[16]
  • /tp
    • Version exclusive: ^ used for coordinates relative to the direction the player is facing.[46]
    • Version exclusive: facing mode to make the target entity face a specified location/entity upon teleportation.[46]
  • falling_block is selectable in commands now.[46]
  • Version exclusive: fishing_hook is also selectable in commands now.[46]
  • Version exclusive: /detect is now its own separate command[46]

Blocks & items

  • Item frames converted from blocks to entities[47]
  • Items can now travel upwards through solid blocks, allowing for 3x3 item elevators[47]
  • Beacon light beams change color when going through stained glass and stained glass panes[48]
  • Ice is now transparent[49]
  • Stained glass and stained glass panes now have their own textures, and are obtainable without the use of inventory editors.[20][49][50]
  • Version exclusive: Player heads now appear on maps[51]
  • Version exclusive: Changed the inventory icons for glass panes, stained glass panes and iron bars[52][53][54]
  • Single iron bars and stained glass panes are now rod-shaped[55]


  1. a b c d e "All the News From E3!" –
  2. a b “It would be super helpful if you guys could list out the gameplay features that are in old console Minecraft that are not in Bedrock Minecraft that you want to see come over, that way we can look into them. Split screen I can tell you is already coming. So are parrots. :)” – /u/chupacaubrey, June 17, 2017
  3. a b “#BetterTogether #MCPE Day 11: Didn't know cats scare creepers? No internet connection to look it up? This feature is for you...”@argo_major, June 29, 2017
  4. “#BetterTogether #MCPE Day 15: Classic crafting combined with regular recipe book style crafting on a touch screen UI, oh my!”@argo_major, July 4, 2017
  5. “#MCPE #BetterTogether Day 6: Some small but goodie features.”@argo_major, June 25, 2017
  6. “#BetterTogether #MCPE Day 7: Useful to avoid typing on a touch screen or controller. ~10 more days of features left.”@argo_major, June 25, 2017
  7. “On the fourth day of screenshots, MC:PE gave to me ... a screenshot of a map to see #BetterTogether”@argo_major, June 22, 2017
  8. “Mapmakers feature: to replace Spawn Chunks, in 1.2 we added "TickingAreas". You can create areas that update even if nobody is around!”@_tomcc, June 27, 2017
  9. “What if I told you... that in 1.2 spawn chunks will be obsolete? :) We've been working on a way to create areas like spawn chunks with commands, and even attach them to entities with components. It's going to make a lot of people happy!” – /u/mojang_tommo
  10. a b “You can create how many ticking areas you want, if you don't go over the chunk limit. They work even if you're in another dimension!”@_tomcc, June 27, 2017
  11. “Yes, that's what is for. Also command blocks and Redstone.”@_tomcc, June 27, 2017
  12. “Yep, they will be alive and do stuff, Endermen Farms should work for example.”@_tomcc, June 27, 2017
  13. “Not only that, but now you can create entities that never despawn! You can add a "tick_world" component to make an entity load the world!”@_tomcc, June 27, 2017
  14. “Sometimes an entity should despawn when everyone is far away though, (eg Ender Dragon). so we added back an optional despawn distance.”@_tomcc, June 27, 2017
  16. a b “Here's a teaser: AutoComplete now works everywhere, including selector args. Look closely, you may spot something:”@slicedlime, June 30, 2017
  17. “Day 10: I want to make a wise crack about this but I can't think of anything”@argo_major, June 28, 2017
  18. “I plan to show a Better Together feature each day until I run out. First up is... Banners!!!”@argo_major, June 20, 2017
  19. "Add banners" – Minecraft Feedback
  20. a b c d e f g h “Well it's logic. You can't play together unless you have the same blocks, right?”@helenangel, June 13, 2017
  21. a b "Add jukebox and music disks" – Minecraft Feedback
  22. a b “#BetterTogether #MCPE Day 11: Lay down that boogie and play that funky music till you die...”@argo_major, June 30, 2017
  23. “Final day of Gameplay feature teases courtesy of @leekiepop (who worked on lots of 1.2 stuff). Saved the best for last... #BetterTogether”@argo_major, July 6, 2017
  24. "Add armor stand" – Minecraft Feedback
  25. a b c “#BetterTogether Day 5: Too much armor to wear? Now you can put them on display...”@argo_major, June 24, 2017
  26. “You can also choose poses using incoming redstone power :) Pretty cool for automation!”@_tomcc, June 24, 2017
  27. “Structure blocks will be in 1.2 but they won't have full functionality. We'll explain more in an upcoming livestream.”@helenangel, July 5, 2017
  28. “Don't get that hyped- it doesn't do what you think it does yet.”@helenangel, July 5, 2017
  29. “They are WIP. I'll know more when I can try them.”@helenangel, July 5, 2017
  30. “It will not have full functionality at release. It will have limited functionality on Win 10 only.”@helenangel, July 6, 2017
  31. "Add Book and Quills" – Minecraft Feedback
  32. “Here's today's feature of the day. #BetterTogether 1.2. This shot is from Win10 version.”@argo_major, June 21, 2017
  33. “There is an edit icon in this book. There is an ed------------------------------------------------------------”@lemoesh, June 21, 2017
  34. a b "Add fireworks" – Minecraft Feedback
  35. “Day 16: Happy 4th of July Americans! For everyone else, enjoy the latest feature tease: …. Tomorrow is the last tease!”@argo_major, July 4, 2017
  36. "Add parrots" – Minecraft Feedback
  37. “Day 13 (I think): We've achieved Parroty!!!! (Part 1)”@argo_major, July 1, 2017
  38. “Day 13 (Part 2): Complete with dancing”@argo_major, July 1, 2017
  39. “#BetterTogether #MCPE Day 8: More subtle than most of the other screenshots.”@argo_major, June 27, 2017
  40. “It isn't amplified worlds. It's that temperature decreases with height now.”@argo_major, June 27, 2017
  41. “Behold, possibly the most important feature ported from Java ever”@_tomcc, July 1, 2017
  42. “By the way the outline is optional, it will only be default on on Xbox and Switch.”@_tomcc, July 1, 2017
  43. { “Hide UI now hides the selection too!” – /u/mojang_tommo
  44. “Day 9: Typing haters rejoice! A WIP UI driven layer on top of some of the most common slash commands”@argo_major, June 27, 2017
  45. “Minecraft Bedrock 1.2 will contain a brand new command parsing system! More details coming soon... want a teaser?”@slicedlime, June 30, 2017
  46. a b c d e “Oh no, it seems like @argo_major has ran out of feature previews! Here, have another commands preview instead:”@slicedlime, July 6, 2017
  47. a b “Item frame entities and 3×3 item elevators are coming with Better Together!” – /u/Osman1105, June 16, 2017
  48. “Day 3 of feature a day: Since @_tomcc announced stained glass yesterday, here's a fun thing to do with it.”@argo_major, June 22, 2017
  49. a b “Nice, I've managed to make ice transparent. Oh wait...”@_tomcc, June 21, 2017
  50. "Add stained glass" – Minecraft Feedback
  51. “#BetterTogether #MCPE Day 14: Enjoying Sunday morning so just a small feature today. The next three days will be super exciting though.”@argo_major, July 3, 2017
  52. “A random polish JPG on Twitter, 2017”@_tomcc, July 6, 2017
  53. “Oh I forgot I didn't show stained glass panes lol. I meant to show off the oblique UI icons really.”@_tomcc, July 6, 2017
  54. “Yep! And Iron Bars too”@_tomcc, July 6, 2017
  55. “Due to popular request, here's an incredibly busy screenshot that shows that single iron bars and stained glass blocks now are rod-shaped!”@_tomcc, July 6, 2017