The Ender Update Arrives Soon for Minecraft: Pocket and Windows 10 Editions

By Kelly Packard,
To put it lightly, it's been a pretty big year for Minecraft. Aside from reaching the 100 million copies sold milestone, the team over at Mojang has been desperately trying to catch up its many Pocket Editions and the Windows 10 Edition Beta to the original PC game and console versions. The next step in doing so is "The Ender Update," which will be launching for Windows 10 and the Pocket Editions before the end of the year.

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While "The End" content might seem like old news for players on other platforms, it'll be coming to the Windows 10 and the Pocket Edition versions for the first time. Mojang will also be removing the training wheels from these two versions and have named this update 1.0 — that's right, it'll no longer be the Windows 10 Edition Beta or the Minecraft: Pocket Edition Beta.

The update will be adding many other features like a 256-block world height (previously the versions were limited to 128-block height) and all of "The End" content like Shulkers, Elytra, End Ships, and of course the Ender Dragon. While Mojang hasn't released all the details yet, they've revealed a few more features that will be added:

  • We’ll be adding a special feature called the World Seed Library to help you more easily find worlds with features you’ve been looking for. We’ll be populating the library and refreshing it periodically with a collection of dozens of amazing seeds for you to try.
  • Folks who are more partial to colder climes will find chilly locales in their worlds populated by polar bears, and happen across igloos whilst exploring.
  • MUSIC! Finally, Pocket Edition crafters will be able to join their Windows 10 Edition counterparts and enjoy playing the game with the original soundtrack. This is set as a separate, optional download rather than directly part of the main game download, so that we can be kind to your bandwidth.
  • For folks who enjoy playing the Windows 10 Edition in VR with their Oculus Rift, we’ll be adding support for Oculus Touch input.
Today Mojang released a new trailer showing off the update in action:


"The Ender Update" doesn't have a release date yet, but is promised to be releasing before the end of 2016. Mojang has also affirmed their continued support for these versions of Minecraft by saying, "The End may be coming, but we are far from finished."
Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
In a few descriptors: college student, longtime gamer, writer and junk food enthusiast. I contribute to TrueAchievements as a news writer and reviewer. Usually, you can find me knee-deep in a multiplayer game while ignoring my growing backlog or on one forum or another discussing all things gaming.