Today’s announcement is a “sneak peek,” meaning they’re deliberately holding a few things back. Perchance shields? The rest of the “Combat Update” that introduced the Elytra to Java players last February? We’ll see.
Microsoft calls this its “biggest Minecraft console update of the year” and says that after the update, console Minecraft will at last be virtually on par with the original PC version. That aligns with what the company just announced it’s doing for the Windows 10 and Pocket Edition version, itself set to achieve virtual feature parity with the Java version once the “Ender Update” drops sometime next month.
And finally, because there has to be One More Thing, Microsoft says it’s “completely redesigning the End dimension” for the console editions. I have no idea what that means, but can’t wait to find out. [Update: Per Microsoft, make that the same redesigned End as was introduced to the Java edition with version 1.9.] http://time.com/4568018/minecraft-the-end/