Mojang has made live a 'pre-release' version of its Minecraft 'Redstone' update for PC players.
The full version of the patch goes live next week Wednesday, March 13.The Redstone patch adds a list of new tools and creative functions, including new dispensers, a daylight sensor, a weighted pressure plate, improvements to inventory management and of course the block of Redstone.The pre-release can be downloaded via Mojang's site. Here's the full change log:
  • Added Redstone Comparator (used in Redstone logic)

  • Added Hopper (collects items and moves them to containers)

  • Added Dropper (similar to Dispensers, but always drops the item)

  • Added Activator Rail (activates TNT Minecarts)

  • Added Daylight Sensor

  • Added Trapped Chest

  • Added Weighed Pressure Plate

  • Added Block of Redstone

  • Added Nether Brick (item)

  • Added Nether Quartz and ore

  • Added Block of Quartz, with half blocks and chiseled variants

  • New command: /scoreboard

  • New command: /effect

  • Containers and mobs can have custom names

  • Inventory management has been changed, for example you can drag-place items over slots

  • Texture packs now have separate images for each block and item, and can have animations

  • Nether Quartz Ore now spawns in the Nether

  • Smooth lighting now has three settings (none, minimal, maximum)

  • More detailed death messages

  • Some hostile mobs now are harder in Hard difficulty

  • Many, many, bug fixes

  • Removed Herobrine

Minecraft had sold over 20 million copies across all platforms, according to Mojang figures in January.The PC version had accounted for around 9 million of that figure, while Minecraft Pocket Edition had sold 7.3 million copies. The Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition had sold almost 4.5 million copies by December 2012.