Minecraft Beta RTX Mode, Glow Item Frame, Bug Fixes, and More

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Mojang Studios, the developer of the sandbox game Minecraft, has a new beta version that includes experimental features. Ray tracing is finally available for Windows 10, however, you must have game version 1.16.200, at least, and compatible hardware to run it. For testers of RTX mode, they will receive the latest version for beta testing that comes with ray tracing features.

The new glow squid now allows you to craft an item called the glow item frame, which can be made by combining glow ink sac with an item frame using the crafting table. This is pretty useful to place in your house to illuminate your surroundings.

Minecraft Beta -

Glow Squid

  • Glow squid do not spawn naturally in the world yet, but can be spawned using a spawn egg
  • When killed, glow squid will drop glow ink sacs

Glow Item Frame

  • Craft a glow item frame by combining a glow ink sac with an item frame in a crafting table. Any item in a glow item frame is perfectly illuminated, even at night!

Other Changes

  • Players can now use dye to color sign text
  • Use a glow ink sac on signs to make the text glow!
  • Use a regular ink sac to remove the glow effect

Ray Tracing

  • As of version 1.16.200, ray tracing is now available on Windows 10 devices with compatible hardware. If you were enrolled in the RTX beta, you are now enrolled in the standard Minecraft beta and will continue to receive the latest beta version, including ray tracing features.

Bug Fixes


  • The screen reader now announces the names of the A/B Button Swap and X/Y Button Swap options correctly
  • Fixed an issue where the screen reader would intermittently fail to announce some button names

Performance and Stability

  • Fixed a number of crashes that could occur during gameplay
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when leaving a world
  • Fixed a crash that occasionally occurred on dedicated servers around villages
  • Fixed a crashing issue related to corrupted biomes during world load for various Marketplace worlds


  • Command blocks no longer censor numbers
  • Fixed inability to resume mining with touch controls after being interrupted
  • Fixed an issue where crafting a bed with the recipe book unlocked the "Change of Sheets" trophy
  • Minecarts now properly update their effects (looping sound, player coordinates) when the minecart is not being rendered for the rider
  • Fixed Skin Preview navigation when using a controller
  • Fixed arrows getting stuck in the air after hitting a player with high latency
  • Fixed template tabs overlapping in Create New menu
  • Fixed missing Incompatible button on the Marketplace Inventory screen
  • Fixed an issue that allowed in-game patch notes to show more than once
  • Fixed some interface issues with scrolling and clearing store filters


  • Fog once again correctly displays in the Nether

Cloud Storage (Xbox)

  • Resolved an issue where, in certain cases, a world could not be properly synced to the cloud (Xbox only). If you are having trouble syncing worlds, please try opening the world on the original Xbox, save/quit, then wait a few moments while the world is re-synced into the cloud

You can read more of the patch notes here.

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