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Pocket Edition v0.8.0 alpha

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v0.8.0 alpha was a major update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition that was released on December 12, 2013. It added new blocks, items, crops and other features, as well as some changes and fixes.

Additions[edit]

Blocks[edit]

Items[edit]

Gameplay[edit]

General[edit]

  • Added far (256 blocks) and farthest (400 blocks) render distances
  • Removed smooth lighting (now always on)
  • Fancy graphics are now always by default on
  • Default render distance is now far
  • Update arrow sound
Removed arrow sound Track
Arrow Contact (pre-0.8)

Changes[edit]

Blocks[edit]

  • Fire and lava now ignite TNT.
  • Redstone ore now drops redstone dust when mined
  • Remade painting rendering
  • Eating particles are shown to look like the food being eaten rather than random pixels from the food.
  • The textures of some blocks are randomly rotated, for a more natural effect
  • Flowers
    • Position on block is now randomized

Items[edit]

Mobs[edit]

  • Improved AI system (mobs swim over deep water, and hostile mobs are now more intelligent).
  • Baby animals follow the adult animal of their species.
  • Animals follow the player when holding wheat (cows and sheep), seeds (chickens) or potatoes/beetroot/carrots (pigs).
  • Sheep have the color overlay of its wool around its face and when sheared (iOS only).
  • Increased speed for spiders
  • Version exclusive: New visual effect for burning mobs

Non-mob entities[edit]

Gameplay[edit]

  • In Creative mode, players stop burning as soon as they exit fire/lava.

General[edit]

  • Graphics:
    • 3D clouds with new tessellation algorithm
    • Held items are now rendered in 3D, and bob up and down slightly when idle and sway to the side when turning.
    • Lighter colored water, sky, and grass.
      • Water fades to non-transparent in the distance (iOS only)
    • Mipmaps (iOS only)
    • Refactored most of the rendering to use indexed VBOs
      • Remade arrow model
      • Inventory is now rendered using cached VBOs
      • New sky rendering using a triangle fan
    • Separated far and near chunks in two queues for performance reasons
      • Fog only on far chunks
      • Transparency only on near chunks
      • Alpha-test-only layers are hidden in far chunks
  • Lighting:
    • Stencil Shadows
    • Dynamic Java lighting on entities
    • Ambient light tinting on entities
    • Version exclusive: Light direction depends on sunlight direction on entities — affects shadows
  • Other:
    • Mining speed in Creative mode increases at/near mining distance limit (8 blocks per second).
    • New Creative inventory, with four item categories.
    • Hotbar now saves on Creative worlds
    • Items being moved to/from a chest is now correctly rendered.
    • Transparent hotbar
    • Tapping the [...] now closes the inventory while open.
    • Craftable recipes are shown first in the crafting screen.
    • If there is 99+ of an item in the inventory, it now shows the actual quantity in crafting table, rather than 99+.
    • When selecting an item in the inventory, it replaces the one in the selected slot.
    • Changed the flow of the inventory for the armor/crafting screens so that the back button goes back to the inventory.
    • Moved gray wool to the right inventory slot.
    • Ice is not transparent anymore in the hotbar
    • Items that are not supposed to be in the game no longer have a red background in the hotbar or inventory.
Performance
  • New app logo
Textures
  • Brought most textures from Java
  • New texture atlas and texture generator script

Fixes[edit]

32 issues fixed
From released versions before 0.8.0
  • MCPE-40 – You can never run away from mobs
  • MCPE-169 – Saplings aren't Fuel
  • MCPE-728 – Wrong dark leaves texture
  • MCPE-1068 – White line appear in pocket edition
  • MCPE-1353 – Stonecutter, Quartz Block, Melon (Block) and Melon Seeds show wrong description
  • MCPE-1772 – Player jumps too early by glass pane
  • MCPE-2904 – Chicken egg bug
  • MCPE-3358 – TNT does not work in creative
  • MCPE-3890 – Different wood logs make the same wooden planks
  • MCPE-4118 – Bad inventory GUI on Retina display
  • MCPE-4231 – Automatic egg/ snowball throwing
  • MCPE-4338 – Mobs draw distance greater than stone. Creates x-ray vision
  • MCPE-4379 – Animals stay in water
  • MCPE-4508 – Creative inventory
  • MCPE-4821 – Shearing a sheep gives you less wool
  • MCPE-4935 – Creative items glitching to different items
  • MCPE-5294 – Wooden tools cannot be used as fuel
  • MCPE-5408 – No bedrock in creative inventory
  • MCPE-5495 – Bow bug
  • MCPE-5572 – Shooting a bow, throwing eggs/snowballs, eating needs block proximity
  • MCPE-5588 – TNT dissolving
  • MCPE-5592 – Bow firing bug / annoyance
  • MCPE-5600 – Bow and Arrow issue
  • MCPE-5634 – Your own arrow can't hurt you
  • MCPE-5671 – Bow problem in Creative Multiplayer
  • MCPE-6201 – Can't pass Y:31 in Minecart
From the 0.8.0 development versions
  • MCPE-5811 – Suffocation doesn't show up properly
  • MCPE-6015 – Minecart does not show anything but a weird shape
  • MCPE-6065 – Minecarts going uphill
  • MCPE-6096 – Cannot touch Minecarts in 3rd person
  • MCPE-6157 – Upward Rail Glitch
Other
  • Text no longer cuts off on chat screen.