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Minecraft briefly got ray tracing on Xbox consoles — but it was a bug

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Microsoft apparently started testing ray tracing in Minecraft earlier this week, but it was actually a bug. The feature has now been pulled.

The feature appeared on Xbox consoles in a preview update, but was quickly removed after news spread of its inclusion. The update included a ray-tracing preview for the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, but according to Microsoft, it shouldn’t have appeared in the first place.

“The previous Minecraft Preview build available to Xbox Insiders inadvertently included prototype code for ray tracing support on Xbox consoles,” the company confirmed. “This early prototype code has been removed from preview and does not signal any plans in the near future to bring ray tracing support to consoles.”

That’s right – just because they’re testing it doesn’t mean Minecraft will be getting ray tracing on Xbox consoles anytime soon – even though Microsoft teased ray tracing support two years ago.

Although Microsoft has now scrapped the update and said it won’t be coming to your Xbox consoles anytime soon, it means Microsoft is clearly working on the feature. Essentially, it could find its way to Xbox consoles… eventually.

Ray tracing is currently only available in Minecraft when played on Windows and is boosted by Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling process to improve frame rates. A comparison of Minecraft with ray tracing switched on and off shows how impressive this feature can be:

Elsewhere, a long-lost Minecraft update was recently found by Minecraft historians. The Secret Saturday Update (Alpha 1.1.1) appeared in 2010 for only 3 hours.

Given the now elusive nature of the recent ray tracing update, will Xbox users one day keep this now defunct version of Minecraft. Or has auto-update relegated it to the mists of time?

Want to read more about Minecraft? Check out our beginner’s guide for all the basics, as well as our hints and tips for surviving.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow him Twitter.

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