Scoreboards coming to bedrock
No llamas were harmed in the making of this feature
If you’re playing the Windows 10, Xbox One, VR, mobile devices or Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft then you're playing the Bedrock version of Minecraft. Which means you'll soon be able to use a new feature we're adding to this version – Scoreboards!
(In fact, you'll be able to try it today if you're playing a beta version of Minecraft on Windows 10, Xbox One or Android – find out more about playing the beta here.)
What are Scoreboards? Glad you asked! They're a new system you can use to set, query and view scores for players in your game. For example, ever wanted to brag about how many zombies you've defeated and have the numbers on-screen to back it up? Now you can!
Scoreboards aren't just handy for keeping track of how many zombies you've sent back to the grave. Players can use them for all sorts of things!
You could use them to keep count of wins, kills and deaths. Create economic systems, record progress, make timers or record stats for players. There are loads of possibilities – play around with them in the beta and see what you can come up with!
HOW TO USE SCOREBOARDS IN THE BETA
If you're playing Minecraft on Xbox One, Windows 10 or Android, click this lovely line of green text to see how you can play the beta version of Minecraft.
Once you're in the beta, you can activate scoreboards by using Commands. A command is a string of text you enter to activate something in the game. Once you're in Minecraft, just press the / key to start:
Right now we only support a dummy criteria which means you have to manually update the scores yourself. But with future updates, we'll be adding automatic criteria, which means you'll be able to automatically track blocks broken, XP, items found, etc.
Let's manually update our 'zombies killed' criteria by using the command /scoreboard players add * zombies_killed 1 (the little asterisk means this command will apply to everyone's score on the scoreboard).
But scoreboards aren't just for keeping score. Map makers can use them in all sorts of creative ways! For example, you could create a clock that says hello every 30 ticks using command blocks and fake players! Or a mini-game wherein you have to save a poor llama surrounded by TNT (and for those of you who only clicked on this story to make sure the llama survived, don't worry. It's totally fine – we promise!)
Experiment yourself with scoreboards and head over to this page on the Minecraft wiki for further inspiration. As for Bedrock players on non-beta platforms, you'll be getting this feature very soon too!
GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK
What do you think of the new scoreboards feature? Really? How interesting! Well don't just yell that at the screen. Tell us what you think on our feedback site!
All scoreboard functionality mentioned above will be available in our next release, but we’ll be adding more to it in future updates by releasing a revamped sidebar, a stats system, tags, trigger, and criteria. The more feedback we get from you, the more we can improve this feature.
We can’t wait for you to try Scoreboards out and see all the cool stuff you build!