I was wondering what other people's opinions would be on starting a new world. What should be done in the first hour of playing the game? Are there certain things that are almost necessary for a new world? What should be focused on first?
since the game has new and useless things(for me ) in the game , you can start in any way you like to . there is even a recipe menu now
If you have absolutely no idea what to do, try following Advancements.
I have an i5-7400 with 8 GB of 2400MHz RAM.
This https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Tutorials#Newcomer_survival is somewhat dated (and I don't agree with all the advice), but a good general overview…
Things I'd change right at the beginning:
A wood ax will be beneficial if you're chopping down more than ~2 trees.
Placing the crafting table once (where it can form part of the wall/ceiling of your initial 'dirt hovel') also helps a bit.
Relying on charcoal (at least for the first few days) is more reliable.
Unless you set-up near a natural body of water, there is no need for a hoe until a bucket to fetch water is available. (Generally by day2, after your first mining.)
If you do set-up near water, make sure it is not a river or ocean (due to drowned.)
In early days, target zombies as a dropped carrot (or potato) can greatly improve the food supply issue.
Much of the above if YMMV, but don't take the wiki guides as gospel…
WARNING: I have an extemely "grindy" playstyle; YMMV — if this doesn't seem fun to you, mine what you can from it & bin the rest.