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Posted by Chuck Corbin on Nov 26, 2012

Minecraft 1.5 Redstone Update To Be Released January 2013

The 1.5 update to Minecraft is going to change the way you work with redstone! Aptly named The Redstone Update, the main focus on this update is the change in how redstone operates, by giving it a variable signal strength. Mojang is calling this “analogue”, and this new concept goes hand in hand with the new capacitor block that’s being added to the game.

The capacitor block acts a lot like a repeater block, in that it has 1 input and 1 output, but here’s the difference. You see, since your redstone now has a variable signal strength, what happens is that the capacitor won’t produce any output unless the input level is high enough. This can be used, for example, to make automated rail and loading systems whenever a minecart is full. Other capacitor and redstone related items include a daylight detector and a Nether-based ore that you’ll need to make the capacitors.

And speaking of minecarts, they’re getting a bit of an improvement as well. Some improvements include new types of track, a new system of filling and emptying chests, and also the ability to link carts together as well, giving you the ability to make that Supertrain you’ve always wanted! All this, and more, will be available sometime in January ’13, and what’s more, major released like this are being planned to come out every 2 months!

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