So ever since the crafting system came out for MCPE it has been great since then, but theres some things i hate about it. For example, lets say they add pistons or some other items that requires more than four items, the fourth item wont display on the crafting button which will confuse the players whos never played the PC version before. And also some of the description of the items goes out of the HUD and into total darkness making it hard to understand or read. And its also missing some features thats either needed or would be a great addition to the crafting system. So ive decided to make a mock up image of the new crafting system i THINK should be in new updates. Take a good look at it while i explain things below
So as you can see in the picture the sections for the items and blocks and all those good stuff has been moved to the top.... For no apparent reason. Lol also you can scroll through the section bar in case they wanna add more sections in the future
Next, the item selection screen list has been redesigned. It will have mini sections like in a file manager. They're basically like a folder. And each "folder" has the item you need. This is added to save continuous scrolling (remove stone cutter..... No use anymore cuz of this feature (it was added cuz people complained about scrolling too much)) a little bar next to the list has also been added, it will scroll with the items list and each item will have a dot next to it, if the dot is green, then it means its craftable. If its greyed out, then you would need more resources. This saves a lot of inventory checking.
And then we have the item part of the screen. On the top left you have a big detailed HD pictures (for powerful devices they can even make that a slideshow showing how the item looks like ingame) and next to the picture is the item name in a BIG print making it obvious to see. And below the name is a SCROLLABLE description so players can get a brief understanding of the item. And below this is the item requirements which can display all the items needed at once. And also its scrollable. And if the item that it needs is also craftable you can click on it to bring you to the crafting recipe of THAT item.
And lastly we have the crafting button. Crafts the item... Possibly a feature of holding it for a long time and a number appears above your finger displaying the amount of items u want to craft at once.
And the button below that could possibly be added. It takes you to the wiki page of that item giving people more info on it. I put it there to fill space. Or just merge it with the craft button!
And also an item combine section would be great. Combines your tools and stuff (PC users u know what im talking about....)
I made a thread about this asking people how they would like the PC crafting grid in MCPE. Some of them said it would lag and be confusing but it wouldnt. Most people said they would like it.
I think the OP has a very good idea for as long as Mojang won't add the crafting grid. I still would rather see the crafting grid though, and I think that complaints on how it works are unfounded. SurvivalCraft has a crafting grid, and it works well. It takes some getting used to, but it works great once you have. I really don't care how we craft items, just as long as it gets better than the cluttered mess it is now.
If you can figure out a way to make it work with the Xperia PLAY controls, then I'll support it. This game started for the Xperia PLAY, and I hate that they've been making most of the menu/crafting/chest UI touch only.
EDIT: Actually I kind of wish they'd add the Xbox style crafting system for Xperia PLAY users. I know that most likely won't happen, but it'd be nice.
The current is quite simple. You all may see that Minecraft PE is trying its best to follow the PC Version such as we have now,The Splash Text and the moving background.
So, this idea actually may be helpful in giving them ideas in trying to actually make it more closer to the PC Version.The above idea is a very good idea on a upgrade on the current crafting interface but to be better,there should be crafting grids.