Four things we want to see in Minecraft Pocket Edition

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Minecraft Pocket Edition is a great game, all things considered. It's simple, fun, and easy to play with friends. Personally, I play it whenever I'm on-the-go and want to mess around with my creative worlds for a bit. It may not have all the glamour of Minecraft for the PC, but it serves the goal of every smartphone game - a fun time-waister. But it could certainly be better. So here is four things we want to see in Minecraft Pocket Edition.

Achievements


Minecraft for the PC has a system of achievements ranging from punching a tree to defeating the Enderdragon. But where are these fun little accomplishments on Pocket Edition? Although there is a server plugin for MCPE that gives achievement functionality to the chat, it's rather limited and of course only on certain servers. Achievements on Pocket Edition could also sync with iOS Game Center and Google Play Games, for showing off to your friends.

Gamepad Support


Minecraft PE originally was exclusive to the Xperia Play, a Sony phone with a built-in gamepad. Unfortunately, the gamepad on the Xperia Play remains the only gamepad supported by Minecraft PE. iOS 7 added support for third-party controllers, and Android has had support for external gamepads (including the Xbox 360 controller, and with other apps the PS3 controller) for years. I personally would love to be able to play Pocket Edition with physical joysticks and buttons, and it's been proven to work on Minecraft for consoles.

Nether and The End


Although there are certainly technological walls to overcome to bring alternate dimensions to Pocket Edition, we are confident that one day they will be added to MCPE. Let's hope it's sooner rather than later!

Official Dedicated Server


If you want a Minecraft PE server, you have two options. One is to host your own server with the unofficial PocketMine server software (and set up port forwarding if you want to connect to it outside your local network), or pay a hosting company to do the same thing on their servers. PocketMine Server is in alpha, and has loads of bugs and glitches especially in survival mode. Mojang should release an official dedicated server jar, like they do for Minecraft PC, for Pocket Edition.

So there you have it, there's our top four things we want in Pocket Edition. Leave a comment of your list!

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Ghgore
March 27, 2014 at 1:45 PM delete

The controller support would be cool, considering the amount of controllers available to us Android users (And Apple users too) :D

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Droidninja
March 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM delete

The achievements could be shown in GameCenter on iOS devises.

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Carlos Martinez
March 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM delete

On twitter, Tomasso Checchi mentioned a secret release date, could this possibly mean something?

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FruitcakeCat63
March 27, 2014 at 8:44 PM delete

it might, but then again, it might be a joke

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Rexo52
March 28, 2014 at 4:47 AM delete

Or they could make an achievements screen to accommodate Android Users

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EmberEnderforxc
March 28, 2014 at 7:09 AM delete

Agreed :D

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Shoghi Cervantes
March 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM delete

Well, they won't release a jar specifically. Minecraft: PE is not Java ;)


A big PocketMine update is coming. The 1.4. It will be released with the 0.9 update, and fixes (well, not exactly, everything has been rewritten or coded from scratch again) the annoying survival bugs.

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Rexo5
March 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM delete

So that's why you used PHP and not Java for pocketmine if you used Java though would it not be compatible? By the way it's Rexo52 from Github

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Shoghi Cervantes
March 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM delete

No, I used PHP because I wanted to :P
It doesn't matter the language you use, the most important thing is being compatible on the protocol (used to talk between the client server)

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Rexo5
March 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM delete

Any one can say anything on the internet don't believe even the devs. they have lied some times in the past

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Rexo5
March 28, 2014 at 1:08 PM delete

What is there for apple cause if controller support comes out I'm getting one right away

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March 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM delete

Thanks for commenting, I've used PocketMine for a while to host my own personal server with my friends. Looking forward to 1.4!

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March 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM delete

I don't think the devs ever intentionally lie, but with things like release dates and features sometimes they have to change from what they may have said.

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March 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM delete

That's pretty much what I said :P

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March 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM delete

Android has it's own gaming platform called Google Play Games, but it wouldn't work for Kindle devices because they don't have Google Play.

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Ghgore
March 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM delete

iOS 7 added controller support (It says it in the artical) :D

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Ghgore
March 28, 2014 at 4:13 PM delete

When your programming you usually run into problems last second and you have to change a bunch of stuff. To make matters worse the devs have to manage two separate versions (Android and iOS), which I think are coded in different programming languages due to Apple only accepting apps that have been coded in c++ :D

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Ghgore
March 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM delete

Minecraft, when will you learn that I have tried VVVVVV XD

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Ghgore
March 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM delete

Look at the change-log on the App Store :D

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Droidninja
March 29, 2014 at 12:36 AM delete

Sorry, I must of skipped over that for some reason. MCPE on Game Center could allow you to use the "invite" function to invite people to your game

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Rexo5
March 29, 2014 at 4:14 AM delete

Yes I know but if it gets added to minecraft What controllers are there for Ipod 5

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Ghgore
March 29, 2014 at 6:46 PM delete

Just Google search iPod controllers :D

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Josh
March 29, 2014 at 6:55 PM delete

I live on an army base in japan and was trying to get minecraft pc and it says I need an American confirmation number I tried typing in my Japanese home and cell phone number and it doesn't work. what im trying to say is does anyone have an old pc minecraft account they don't use anymore that I could have thanks.

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Ghgore
March 30, 2014 at 5:06 AM delete

I personally am not an Apple user, so I really only know about Android controllers :D But I'm pretty sure an Xbox or PS controller would work :D

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March 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM delete

Nope, there are only a few iOS controllers and I think there's one by Logitech. You can't use Xbox or PS3 controllers unless you jailbreak.

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Ghgore
March 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM delete

Oh, must have been thinking of PC, as I said I am not really an Apple user :D

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ZabeonR
March 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM delete

So if they do add the End, Will will all the Health Bars go then?

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bobthebuilder
April 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM delete

I really wish they would add gamepad support. I play a lot of Android games on my Android PC, however, Minecraft is not one of them. Because it doesn't have a touchscreen, I only play games with gamepad support. Games like ShadowGun or Asphalt 8.

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