Minecraft: Console Edition Holiday Update is rolling out

4J Studios and Mojang love taking it down to the wire… as previously announced, the Minecraft Console Editions were slated to get a long-awaited Holiday update before/around the end of December, and yes, it’s finally rolling out.

The Xbox One/Xbox 360 update is apparently live, the PlayStation updates (PS4, PS3, PS Vita) should be coming sometime today, depending on the region, with the Wii U version queued up for later today/tomorrow morning.

The changelogs are pretty big and can be accessed via the Minecraft Forums by the following links: PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360

Generally speaking, this is what to expect — though it depends on which console you’re playing on.

  • Added new blocks: Chorus Flower, Chorus Plant, Dragon Head, End Gateway, End Rod, Purpur Block, Purpur Pillar, Purpur Stairs, Purpur Slab.
  • Added new items: Chorus Fruit, Popped Chorus Fruit, Dragon’s Breath, Elytra, End Crystal, Lingering Potion, Water Splash Potion, Potion of Luck, Tipped Arrow, Boats made from Spruce, Birch, Jungle, Acacia, and Dark Oak.
  • Added new mobs: Shulker, Stray, Husk, and Skeleton Trap Horses.
  • Updates to terrain generation:
    • The End has changed when generating a new world, and can also be updated for old worlds. To get the new End in an old world, select “Reset End” in the “More Options” menu when loading the world.
    • After killing the Ender Dragon in the new End, an End Gateway will spawn nearby. Throwing an Ender Pearl into this will teleport you to a new area in The End with an End City and End Ship.
    • Within the End City and End Ship you can find Shulkers, Elytra, and a Dragon Head.
  • Added new Tutorial world.
  • Added Elytra, which let you glide around the world when you are wearing them. Jump while falling to start gliding.
  • Boats are now controlled differently and can have multiple passengers.
  • Brewing now requires Blaze Powder as fuel for the Brewing Stand.
  • Updated crafting interface to allow crafting Firework Stars and Fireworks.
  • Villages now generate naturally in the Taiga biome.
  • Added Amplified Terrain option.
  • Added Fallout Mashup Pack trial.