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Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition: What the Future Holds

by on May 28, 2012
 

Minecraft-Xbox-360-Edition:-What-the-Future-HoldsAnyone who has played the PC version of Minecraft will know the game is forever changing and evolving. Mojang have promised the same will true for the Xbox 360 Edition, so what exactly can 360 players expect to see in the future, as this unique title continues to build.

The current Xbox 360 version is akin to beta 1.66, but 4J have also stated that they will more than likely use the previous updates to the PC version as iterations for the 360 version, so in theory at least, beta 1.7.x and 1.8.x will come to the 360 before retail 1.0 and 1.2.5 (the current PC version).

The inherent openness of the PC platform means the 360 Edition will always be behind the PC version to some extent, but what exactly is missing on Xbox? The list is actually rather long.

The 360 Edition is missing some of the features added to make Minecraft feel more game-like. The PC version comes complete with a leveling system, hunger meter and enchantment abilities, and although the core of the game is the same with these things, they’ll still be a welcome addition to Minecraft on the 360.

Items currently found in the PC version but not the Xbox 360 version:

  •  Pistons
  •  Shears
  •  Stone Brick
  •  Brick Slabs
  •  Brick Stairs
  •  Fence Gates
  •  Glass Panes
  •  Iron Bars
  •  Melons
  •  Melon Slices
  • Raw Chicken
  • Raw Beef
  •  Cooked Chicken
  • Steak
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Melon Seeds
  •  Loot Checks
  • Ghast Tear
  • Blaze Rod
  • Nether Wart
  •  Golden Nugget
  • Glass Bottle
  •  Spider Eye
  •  Fermented Eye
  •  Blaze Powder
  •  Magma Cream
  •  Eye of Ender
  • Spawn Eggs
  •  Redstone Lamps
  • Climbable Vines
  •  Coloured Planks
  • Sandstone Variants
  •  Cocoa Bean Pods
  • Nether Bricks
  •  Zombie Flesh
  •  Book & Quill

No one item is key to minecraft (outside of the obvious crafting mechanics) but it’ll be nice to see all of those items appear in the 360 version at some point.

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AI characters you won’t see in the current Xbox 360 Edition:

  •  Enderman
  • Silver Fish
  • Cave Spiders
  •  Mooshroom Cows
  •  Cats
  • Puppies
  • Snow Golem
  • Enderdragon
  •  Iron Golems
  • Ocelots
  •  Magma Cube
  • Blaze

The various different AI in Minecraft definitely add to the experience, and like the list of items, there is no technical limitation that will prevent 4J Studios adding them at a later date.

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Locations:

  •  Strongholds
  • Ravines
  • River Biome
  •  Ocean Biome
  •  Mountain Biome
  • Swamp Biome
  • Nether Forest
  • The End
  •  Snowy Biome
  •  Mushroom Biome
  • Jungle Biome
  • Desert Wells

Locations are a bit more tricky, mainly because the Xbox 360 Edition is much smaller than the PC version. The worlds generated on 360 are 1000×1000 bricks across, and also have half the height limit. This means inclusions like the River Biome are unlikely. “The End” which acts as a kind of final level is also absent, but this is something I can see being included somewhere down the line.

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After seeing everything the Xbox 360 Edition of Minecraft lacks when held up against its PC counterpart, you may be left wondering how it managed to score a great 8/10 in our review. Well that’s because 360 players have some pretty good exclusive features themselves, the first being split-screen. The social aspect of Minecraft is the vital for some players and the Xbox Edition takes that to another level by allowing you to build with someone on the same sofa. Minecraft on the 360 also has a much more intuitive menu system, eliminating the frustration of the more complicated PC version.

In summation this article isn’t about putting the Xbox 360 Edition down, but rather showing what could be possible in the future if 4J Studios and Mojang keep their promise of supporting the title as they do on PC. So if you could pick just one feature from the PC version to be brought over to the 360 first, what would it be?

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  • http://GodisaGeek.com/ Adam Cook

    Items interest me the most, shears for example – being able to sheer sheep without harming them.
    Also, I can’t seem to make chickens follow me with wheat, is that PC only?

  • NSCULLY

    with out a doubt, some more spherical materials, for example, i have just built a galleon on mine, and it looks great, but if i had tubular blocks to do the mast and cannons or thinner blocks to do a plank and a sail, it would look outstanding. I mean come on its a great game, but i sometimes wonder if the people playing the game have more imagination then the people creating it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darren.bacciochi Darren Bacciochi

    when are the updates coming for the xbox 360 minecraft with some these things here that are not the xbox 
    version

  • http://GodisaGeek.com/ Adam Cook

    I was thinking about corners the other day. Would be awesome to make rounded shapes, I’d agree. Not sure if it’s possible with the mechanics they’ve created, but the galleon you mention is a superb example of something needing rounded edges.

  • Bussboiz

    They haven’t announced when the first update is coming yet.

  • http://twitter.com/masterlinkace masterlinkace

    I mostly want to see them improve the world sizes, I don’t know how much bigger they could make it though as they kinda shot themselves in the foot. They could make the worlds far bigger if it were just single player, but because they have up to 4 players on one console, without any limits of being within any range of each other, it becomes quite difficult for the 360 to handle a world much bigger. Saying this, I’m sure that the guys at 4J Studios know the limits better than I do, I’m sure they’ll find a way. The maps are way too small after being used to (almost) infinitely big maps on the PC :(

  • M WAGON

    adventure update MPC’S

  • http://www.facebook.com/darren.bacciochi Darren Bacciochi

    will we see any of these things missing in the xbox 
    version in any of the updates when ever they will come along

  • Matt6

    will it have ocelots
     

  • C4TSMILEY

    I want to know if they’re going to put in a book and quill…
    Granted, it would be long, tedious and generally boring to write a book in Minecraft 360, but you can use wireless keyboards with the 360 and I’d have a lot of fun adding backstory to some of the abandoned villages I make in my world.

  • Cra-Z

    the flying ability should be put on the XBOX version