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Nobody can accuse the Minecraft creators of being lazy. If you're a regular player, you'll know that the game is constantly being updated and improved, with new elements and items keeping everyone entertained. Version 1.6 is no exception -  it's visible on the horizon and it's looking good. By far the best new addition? Well, we've given you a little hint above...

What's new in Minecraft 1.6? A new launcher, and Java 6

The most significant technological change is that Minecraft will now be built for Java 6, as opposed to Java 5. This means that you'll now need OpenGL 2.0 to use it - 1.2 and 1.3 will no longer do. In real terms, that means very little to the average computer user, but you should make sure you have downloaded the latest version of Java. This is a good idea even if you're not thinking of playing Minecraft - you'll need updated Java to view lots of websites and to avoid malware that takes advantage of unpatched Java bugs.

Minecraft developers are also working on a new version of the game's launcher - the window you see when you start up the game. This starter will include options to pick which version of the game you want to play, as well as some more advanced settings.

Even better, there are horses!

For most people, Minecraft's new animals are far more interesting than what Java version it's going to use. Minecraft 1.6 will feature horses, donkeys, and mules. They've really gone to town with this mob - there will be 35 possible color combinations, running from gray, bay and chestnut bases to stockings, pinto and back blanket markings. If that wasn't enough excitement for you, there'll also be horse zombies and skeletons. The horses will eat fairly standard fare - apples and hay, among other items - and can be tamed. In order to ride the animals, you'll need a saddle, and you'll also be able to protect your steed with armor.

Getting back to the hay, it's worth mentioning that you can use 9 sheaves to create a hay bale. Another new feature are leashes, for tying your animals to fences. Other random changes include new coal and hardened clay blocks, more deserty deserts and an improved enchantment - Respiration - to see underwater.  More domestic types will also be glad to see that you can now add carpets to translucent blocks and stoves are in full working order!

When can I get Minecraft 1.6?

The stable version of Minecraft 1.6 may appear at the end of May 2013, but we still don't have any concrete details. If you're happy trying the unstable version, though, it's available for download here.

What do you think? Are horses the best thing to happen to Minecraft since sand?!

Commented

  • ANTHONY |
    17/05/13
    ANTHONY

    this is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • mukhlis1 |
    18/05/13
    mukhlis1

    cool!

  • becky022000 |
    20/05/13
    becky022000

    I LOVE the horses! All we need left if new blocks, minecraft realms,and....... HAMSTERS :3

  • :D |
    20/05/13
    :D

    YES! HORSES! I also cant wait for realms to get out whenever.

  • Matthew |
    23/05/13
    Matthew

    Yes, Horses, mules, and donkeys are going to be an awesome addition to the game, but i thought this was gonna be a MOB update with more animals than just horses... Shouldn't they add another monster, or turtles, or fish or something?

  • Snowy |
    24/05/13
    Snowy

    cool

  • TONY |
    26/05/13
    TONY

    IAMAZING

  • TheTownCryer |
    27/05/13
    TheTownCryer

    Horses! the new pig!

  • =) |
    28/05/13
    =)

    cool

  • Logic |
    28/05/13
    Logic

    They have fish. What about obsidion armor or weapons. Bigger villages.

  • Mattrock607 |
    29/05/13
    Mattrock607

    I absolutely love that horses are coming. That means the only thing left that I'm really hoping for is proper ships that we get to make ourselves, and sail like real ships. All of the naval mods in online plugins are terrible; the boats teleport around, and it looks and feels nothing like being on a boat. Once they add ships (and carriages/ wagons too), I won't have anything left to beg for!

  • Tunafish57 |
    31/05/13
    Tunafish57

    Horses can't believe why can't they put more things like some 3D fish or some coolairforce stuff. But 1.6 atleast is going to be fun and to ride horses.

  • Colter |
    31/05/13
    Colter

    Horses are AWESOME and don't forget the new carpets. I LOVE the horses

  • Colter |
    31/05/13
    Colter

    The horses are AMAZING and also I live on a farm with 3 horses I already know some great names casey, garlic, and onion do you guys have great names for your pet horses?

  • Colter |
    31/05/13
    Colter

    So what's about the horse skeleton and horse zombies?

  • invaderlime |
    05/06/13
    invaderlime

    I wish I knew when it's coming out but imma name my horses Lazrus , Tess, Dakota , and Popcorn :D

  • Courtney johnson |
    07/06/13
    Courtney johnson

    Hahahha iCANT WAIT for 1.6!! its going to awesome! know i have a point to play minecraft......HORSES!!! :)

  • craftman |
    07/06/13
    craftman

    hoses are better than pigs.BY FAR!!! mine DIAMONDS.

  • craftman |
    07/06/13
    craftman

    HEY IS THAT BOB THE HORSE.

  • Courtney Johnson |
    07/06/13
    Courtney Johnson

    Oh you guys are great XD....and hilarious...

  • monkeyface29 |
    09/06/13
    monkeyface29

    IT HAS BEAN MAY BUT IF IT IS AFTER MAY WHAT DO WE DO?

  • monkeyface29 |
    09/06/13
    monkeyface29

    I AM GONA NAME MY HORSES RALF AND PETE

  • TheInfinitykiller1534 |
    10/06/13
    TheInfinitykiller1534

    Yay finally can't wait for my minecraft cause i like new things even i haven't been playing minecraft for a little while (around 1 year) on PC but i also have found things like the Redstone comparator i think. :D

  • MinecraftBuddy2299 |
    10/06/13
    MinecraftBuddy2299

    Im gonna name mine coffee (if black) Sugar (if white) and Zorse (if looks like a Zebra)

  • Testificate86 |
    10/06/13
    Testificate86

    Stoves...? I don't think that's correct.

  • ricards |
    11/06/13
    ricards

    cool!

  • Rick |
    16/06/13
    Rick

    Good work.

  • Firepaw |
    19/06/13
    Firepaw

    SKREW YOU JEB!!!!!!!!!!! I hate how jeb is turning around minecraft into a world of imagination into a world like mini earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Firepaw |
    19/06/13
    Firepaw

    Oh!And also Butter is better than Diamonds

  • Coolguyperson |
    19/06/13
    Coolguyperson

    This is coming out Between June 26 13 and June 29 13

  • ThunderLCRF |
    19/06/13
    ThunderLCRF

    This Update Comes Out On or Near 6/26/13

  • logic |
    20/06/13
    logic

    this update sounds alot like dzark's (or however you spell it ) mo creatures with horses hamsters lizards mammoths(i think ) and orks and skellie horses and slime horses and bat horses plus bugs and fishies and much much more

  • logic because i am the same person as logic 1 |
    20/06/13
    logic because i am the same person as logic 1

    in the game i want there to be the ability to have a world wide lan server because i am so nooby :( and stuff and also thirst and the ability to freeze to death and get sunstroke and die like that y'know

  • #1MineCrafter |
    20/06/13
    #1MineCrafter

    i love horses and i cant wait

  • Clemson_fan |
    20/06/13
    Clemson_fan

    The Horses look very cool, but I have a few ideas for Minecraft 1.7 (if there is one) Mojang should put Emerald Armour into the game! They should also put in Blocks of String. Obsidian Armour would be great too! =)

  • 12345 |
    20/06/13
    12345

    Yah they should put emerald Armour in the game?

  • Craftminer987 |
    20/06/13
    Craftminer987

    The Horses in this update are a lot like horses in DrZharks Mo' Creatures with the ability to tame and ride the horses. I wonder if they got the idea of horses from that mod?

  • !!!!!!!!!!!!!!' |
    20/06/13
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!'

    JEB IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Erlan |
    21/06/13
    Erlan

    Hell yeah Horses

  • Brick |
    22/06/13
    Brick

    I love lamp

  • jm_landayan@yahoo.com |
    24/06/13
    jm_landayan@yahoo.com

    i think they should bring back HeroBrine

  • genius |
    24/06/13
    genius

    you can get horses and more on mine craft 1.5.2 just install the mo'creatures mod for mine craft you also have crabs butterflies flies mice and much more

  • Dustin |
    28/06/13
    Dustin

    YES! Horses are the next big thing in minecraft. what we realy need is new breeds of dogs, sharks, warriors to fight, leaf particles, and fire wood for fires. b

  • thedragongirl66 |
    28/06/13
    thedragongirl66

    its coming out on Monday, July 1st

  • lolguy |
    29/06/13
    lolguy

    it is cool I love this new update

  • Maxie2222 |
    30/06/13
    Maxie2222

    I can't wait until horses. And u guys are right they should make emerald armor, weapons and tools

  • Tristanrabie |
    01/07/13
    Tristanrabie

    This is cool but wish there were crocodiles ....

  • Bob |
    01/07/13
    Bob

    I love it

  • Derry Dude |
    01/07/13
    Derry Dude

    Craftminer987, the minecraft dev team worked with DrZhark to make the horses. And also, YAY! Carpets!

  • Person who plays minecraft and wants a horse but cant find one |
    01/07/13
    Person who plays minecraft and wants a horse but cant find one

    Ive been searching and searching and i can still not find a horse do you have to start a new game???

    Can someone help?

25/07/14
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