Minecraft: What’s the difference between Java and Bedrock Redstone?

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One of Minecraft’s many mysteries is the complexity of Redstone contraptions and the fact that there are two versions of Minecraft further complicate things.

But with this guide, you can see the major differences and how they impact the game and your playthrough. So, sit back and prepare to learn the difference between Minecraft’s Java and Bedrock Redstone.

Understanding differences in Java and Bedrock Redstone

Minecraft’s Redstone in Java Edition

In Java Edition, there are quirks and bugs (that became features) in using Redstone. The list below explains what they are, what they are used for, and what they are called. 

QC (Quasi-connectivity)

Quasi-connectivity used to be a bug in Java Edition that was later adopted as a feature for its quirks and usefulness in players’ builds. Quasi-connectivity is basically the ability to send a Redstone signal one block away from the source with nothing actually connecting it. This allows you to build more compact Redstone contraptions and save up materials for your other builds

Spitting out blocks

In Java Edition, using fast one-tick piston retractions, a sticky piston can leave a block that is supposed to be attached to it in the middle of the air. At first, it may sound impractical, but in the Java community, this is often used for various contraptions like large piston doors, automated bridges, traps, and more.

Having a more predictable outcome

Unlike in Bedrock Edition, when it comes to complex and large-scale single contraptions that include things like pistons, droppers, and dispensers, it can be easily predicted and easily troubleshooted in Java because of its consistent design when it comes to multiple wired components.

A device like two pistons vertically connected upwards can sometimes power one of them or the other randomly. This is not the case in Java edition, and with that alone, fixing a broken contraption in Java is much easier than in Bedrock.

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Minecraft’s Redstone in Bedrock Edition

The Bedrock Edition of Minecraft provides unnatural-looking Redstone features that look illegal but work just right, giving players a whole different Redstone experience.

Can waterlog Redstone components

For years, it has been embedded in us players that Redstone and water do not go well together, but in Bedrock, you can, in fact, place your fragile Redstone components underwater. Components like Redstone Comparators, Repeaters, buttons, levers, and rails mean you can build things like a submerged working redstone clock and even an underwater rollercoaster.

Moveable storage components

In Bedrock Edition, you can move storage blocks like chests, trap chests, and all three types of furnaces. With this, not only that you’ll have a chance to build a compact and easily accessible storage system, you can also build massive super smelters that won’t take up much space.

Comparators can read through blocks

Building a Redstone contraption is hard enough but adding the challenge of hiding makes it more challenging, that’s why simple things like Redstone Comparators reading Redstone signals through blocks can be a lifesaver. Having a Redstone component hidden in plain sight while easily capturing its optimum use is every Redstone player’s dream come true.

Overall, the differences in Redstone from both versions may be a bit confusing, but its differences create a challenge and a new experience for people who love building Redstone contraptions in Minecraft. The game alone already provides a large variety of things to do, from farming to mega builds, and the fact that there are two different versions means that you’ll never run out of fun ways to play Minecraft.

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