It’s been a long time coming but, finally, version 1.5 of Minecraft is live. The Redstone Update is so named because it introduces a bunch of new redstone devices for you to play with, as well as improving the game’s lighting and even making Minecraft run a little smoother. You’ll also find quartz waiting for you in the Nether, hoppers and droppers that can shunt items around for you and and smarter, meaner monsters.
Your copy of Minecraft should start downloading the update straight away and it will only be a few moments until you have a newer, shinier version of the game that has lots more for you to tinker with. I’ve posted a comprehensive list of what the update brings below (I’ll add to it if the community uncovers any secret additions, though we’re not expecting any), but instead of just reading about them, you can see all of these new features in action by watching this excellent video by The Farlanders: