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Minecraft: Java Edition/Version Differences

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This is a sub-page of Minecraft: Java Edition.

Anything after the game's official release and one-off versions will be documented on this page.

If you're looking for documentation on pre-1.0.0 versions of Minecraft, you can find them here.

Version Updates

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April Fools
Any and all April Fools updates that have been released as of late.
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1.0.0
The second part to the Adventure Update. Villagers and the Ender Dragon, among many other things, have finally arrived. Released on November 18, 2011.
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1.1
An unnamed update that added new languages, the superflat world type, beaches, bow enchantments, and spawn eggs, among other things. Released on January 12, 2012.
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1.2
An unnamed update that added jungle biomes, new blocks/items, the bottle o' enchanting, redstone lamp, fire charge and chiseled stone bricks, and two new mobs, iron golems and ocelots, among other things. Released on March 1, 2012.
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1.3
An unnamed update that added trading, adventure mode, new generated structures, new blocks/items, book and quills, written books, tripwire and ender chests among other things. Released on August 1, 2012.
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1.4
The Pretty Scary Update, an update that added a number of new mobs, new blocks, the beacon, new food, and new items, among other things... especially a new boss. Released on October 25, 2012.
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1.5
The Redstone Update, an update that added a number of new redstone-related blocks, a new decorative block, a scoreboard system, a new texture pack format, and a lighting engine optimization among other things. Released on March 13, 2013.
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1.6
The Horse Update, an update that added many new features including horses, leads, coal blocks, carpets, new commands, resource packs, and a new launcher, among other things. Released on July 1, 2013.
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1.7
The Update that Changed the World, an update that added many new biomes, new generated structures, new flowers, and better colors, among other things. Released on October 25, 2013.
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1.10
The Frostburn Update, an update that added magma blocks, nether wart blocks, red nether brick, fossils made from bone blocks, strays, husks and polar bears among other things. Released on June 8, 2016.
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1.11
The Exploration Update, an update that added illagers, vexes, totems of undying, exploration maps, observers, shulker boxes, woodland mansions and llamas among other things. Released on November 14, 2016.
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1.16
The Nether Update, an update that overhauled the Nether in its entirety, among other things. Released on June 23, 2020.
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Minecraft 4K
An EXTREMELY stripped down version of Minecraft meant for the Java 4K contest.

PC Gamer Demo

Hmmm...
To do:
Add the rest of the differences, document and upload the demo world.

The PC Gamer Demo was bundled with issue 2014 of the PC Gamer magazine in 2011. The demo was based on Beta 1.3. Seed of the world is 108181935.

Cow

Beta 1.3 PC Gamer Demo
Moo. Advercow.
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Coming to you from Mojang! Coming to you from your favorite magazine producers?

A PC Gamer logo was added to the cow texture.

Title Screen

Beta 1.3 PC Gamer Demo
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PC Gamer's logo was added above the Minecraft logo, pushing it down. All of the splash text was replaced with "PC Gamer Demo!". As the game will only allow you to play the PC Gamer Demo World, the Singleplayer and Multiplayer options were replaced with options to play and reset the demo world.

In-Game

Beta 1.3 PC Gamer Demo
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The demo world has a chest with a sign in front telling you how to open chests.

Options

Beta 1.3 PC Gamer Demo
Minecraft beta options.png Minecraft, now with awkward controls!

For some unfathomable reason, the PC Gamer Demo sets the default controls to the arrow keys. Beta 1.3 and all other versions of Minecraft have them set to "WASD".

(Source: Minecraft Wiki (some images))