Minecraft Xbox 360 sells 1 million

Open-world Xbox Live game goes platinum in first five days; 5.2 million hours spent mining, 4 million multiplayer sessions recorded thus far.

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Minecraft for the Xbox 360 was a breakout success. Microsoft announced today that Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has sold more than 1 million copies since it launched May 9. This follows news from Minecraft creator Markus Persson last week that revealed the game sold 400,000 copies in its first 24 hours, becoming profitable in just one hour.

Minecraft has already brought in $20 million in sales on Xbox Live.

On top of announcing sales for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, Microsoft parsed additional statistics regarding the $20 (1,600 MS points) downloadable game. More than 5.2 million total hours have been spent mining, 4 million total multiplayer sessions have been logged, and more than 2.4 million multiplayer hours have been recorded.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was developed by 4J Studios, the Scotland-based shop that built Xbox Live Arcade titles Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, and Banjo-Tooie. The game will add Kinect support at a later date via a patch and was the last title in Microsoft's Arcade Next promotion, which also saw the release of Trials Evolution, Bloodforge, and Fable Heroes.

For more on Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

76 comments
FudgeSociety
FudgeSociety

The crafting on PC is perfectly fine. It keeps it open for modded items. If you have the menu like 360, modded items would be much more difficult to implement. The PC version is far and beyond the minecraft you guys are playing on 360.  I live in a jungle. Which has cats. I can train a cat to follow me around by feeding it fish :3 When I kill an enemy I earn XP and level up. I create an enchanting table to enchant weapons and tools. I have a diamond pickaxe with "Efficiency III" and it mines as fast as gold. I can brew HP potions and such to help me out. I don't think you can find nether fortresses. So that means the nether on Xbox is useless still. I can enchant my armor to have certain advantages, I can also change how minecraft looks. XBOX players get to see pixels, but I see a smooth landscape thanks to LB Photo Realism x286. Minecraft on xbox needs Enchanting at the least. And the dragon. If they can't get the dragon in there then players will eventually get bored. And the enchanting tables add to the replayability. The quicker access you have to mining and gaining materials the more people will want to play. And the PC version rewards many hours of dedicated , slow, gameplay. With high quality enchanted items that work better than usual. The xbox version is okay. But they should really consider what they add before they leave something out. If anything, figure out how to control the mob spawning. It's absolutely ridiculous at night.

dirtyvu
dirtyvu

they really need to bring the 360 crafting to the PC version.  it makes the PC version sad. On the PC version, there's an awful lot of unnecessary clicking and an awful lot of placing the items just right in the crafting area to get anything. Like literally lining up the items so that it looks like a pickaxe to make a pickaxe.In the 360 version, you just have enough resources and bam, you have the object made.

silenthunter175
silenthunter175

minecraft on pc is like freaken epic as hell, and on xbox 360 is orgasmic epic :DD

CapmJim
CapmJim

I never played Minecraft on PC, but decided to give the 360 version a chance and i freaking love it. Its great to play with my friends on 360 and the game controls very well. I'm also pretty addicted to it, its like playing with lego's. Can't wait to see updates. Also never played on PC because i dont really PC game very much on my laptop,not sure how MC would have run. Only game i have is Morrowind on my laptop.

Blayzino
Blayzino

To me this is just another million media hyped up suckers. Ever since Ive heard of this game Ive never even been tempted to look at it let alone play it. 

Dark_Arcitekt
Dark_Arcitekt

Good for Xbox.I didn't buy it and won't since I play on PC, but I must applaud them on this.Good that console users get to check out this great game.

Purpledust
Purpledust

and 1000 msp = 17.99$. THEREFOR I DOUBT 1600 is 20$.

But thanks to make it look less expensive than it is.

Purpledust
Purpledust

1 million times 1600 msp is alot of msp. I wonder what arcade title bill will get with that

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Now if they hadn't bothered with the other three games in arcade next, we could have had this game sooner and M$ a closer uber payday.

oKiRe
oKiRe

Now they just need to get it upto version 1.8, like it's PC counter part.

swamptick
swamptick

Just another sign that Microsoft is giving the players what they want. Sadly, we can't say the same for other consoles.

Witchsight
Witchsight

Its funny, when i played it on PC, it was a much older version... And playing it on Xbox is like an update for me. So thats the best case scenario. I understand pc users not seeing anything to jump after in this version, other than co-op.

Triton
Triton

1 million strong, and growing ...

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

4J have said they want to bring it up to version 1.7.3 with the next update. 

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

I can't imagine playing the 360 version over the PC version. I very much adore Minecraft, I just can't see it being worth it on 360. That said, congratulations to the team for making a success! A big turn-on for PC players would be the promise of frequent updates to keep it competitive with the PC version.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

People saying the game sucks are pretty much shouting at the wind at this point. 1 million. Your argument is invalid.

TruthTellers
TruthTellers

20 dollars for a single download times 1 million downloads equals 20 million dollars... Minecraft and its developer are no longer indy.

y3ivan
y3ivan

*facepalm* a mediocre game knock off all other better XBLA titles and even some retail titles.

dkdk999
dkdk999

Though honestly why even buy out console ? Pc is just so much more convenient and better. Atleast imo

dkdk999
dkdk999

I have a feeling this is coming out on psn. .

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Until I see some more out of this version, I'm going to stick with the PC version.

Flint247
Flint247

It is a good game. Although I am going to wait a little before purchasing, I feel it is not worth the full $20.

servb0ts
servb0ts

Nice to see Indy Games getting some Love, you'll return to your 360 game after this comercial lol.

supernotch123
supernotch123

 @FudgeSociety the xbox one is going to get updates you know and and the graphics are blocks so dont try to make them seem lie they're state of the art on pc ok

DeusAlex
DeusAlex

 @Blayzino

 You are in denial. It's not a Jedi mind trick. The game is actually fun. Media didn't hype this up. Gamers and thousand of YouTube videos is where the hype came from.

 

xboxaficionado
xboxaficionado

 @Purpledust Where 1000 msp = $17.99?Normally in NA (this is w/o any specials or discounts) 800 msp = $10.00, so 800x2=1600, $10.00x2=$20.00someone's math is a little off   o.O 

dirtyvu
dirtyvu

 @FarmFreshDX you can imagine after you try it out.  one button press versus 7+ mouse clicks just to make a pickaxe?  yessss...

acewingman
acewingman

 @FarmFreshDX The game world generation is exactly as PC version 1.6.6. I loaded up my 1.6.6 jar and used matching seeds and the worlds were exactly the same. right down to the blades of grass.

 

Also, they have stated there are going to be several updates to get the game up to the PC.

MrGreenBeanz
MrGreenBeanz

 @FarmFreshDX The easy-access multiplayer makes it completely worth it. Also, 4J translated the controls perfectly. I really hate PC elitists who don't even give consoles a chance. 

Legojake94
Legojake94

 @StJimmy15 ppl liked minecraft so much that they bought it for the xbox360. some without even playing the trial. 1 million sales is not the same as  1 million ppl liking the game. i had high hopes for it, but it was very much more difficult to control and the inventory and crafting windows are indeed more complex. that and it insults u by thinking it has to tell u everything about itself even know u turn off the help.

Legojake94
Legojake94

 @dkdk999 ikr. for some reason i wanted it for the xbox then i thought.. wait why? the xbox would make it so awkward

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @Flint247 

its still in beta version. i believe they port MC beta 1.67(?) from the PC.

dirtyvu
dirtyvu

 @Legojake94 i totally call BS on this one.  crafting and inventory management on the 360 version is so much easier.  you just collect enough resources to build whatever you want and just make it.  1 button press instead of 7+ clicks to make a pickaxe.

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

 @Legojake94 Of course not everyone will like the game but your accusations that most people just bought the game before trying the demo is asinine. There is no way you could possibly know that and therefor are just making it up to fuel your hatred of either the game or the fact that it is now on the xbox. Long story short, a game sells a lot if a lot of people like it. It's really as simple as that.

Flint247
Flint247

 @y3ivan That would be good. I will wait for the future updates.

Legojake94
Legojake94

 @dirtyvu hey easier for you, harder for me bro. i just find pc simpler is all. the menus on xbox were all thumbs for me thats all im saying

Legojake94
Legojake94

 @Lazerith91 i did practically say "get off my back" like almost all messgs to you. notice it took me this long of replying back to you to start typing in all caps. the caps was bigger words so you could understand with your small brain. i feel sorry for you that the only human contact you get is to start fights with ppl online just so they talk to you. even if it isnt nice things they are sayung to you. and dont call me your friend because you dont insult your 'friends' in case you didnt know that.

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

 @Legojake94 Yet again if you were not trying to prove a point and were simply trying to "get me off your back" then you would not of replied...twice. And the hostility proves to me that you know I am correct and you hate that. I kind of feel sorry for you. And I hope you learn how to control that online temper some day. Good luck my friend.

Legojake94
Legojake94

 @Lazerith91 im not trying to prove to you my point im trying to get you the F**k off my back for such a stupid argument you fool. everything i have stated is fact.. i dont want to have to throw more facts at some idiot that cant adhere to reality. YES MINECRAFT IS A GOOD GAME. YES IT IS A NEAT IDEA TO PLAY IT ON THE XBOX. NO IT DOES NOT CONTROL WELL. AND MOST THESE PPL FOUND THAT OUT SHORTLY AFTER BUYING IT. now go destroy your modem plz

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

 @Legojake94 Again sorry but I call your bluff. Most of your 50 friends? That's kind of convenient. And using Duke nukem or Alien vs predator as an example doesn't hold because I for one have not seen nearly as many people that love those games as I have with Minecraft. Sorry dude but you got to do more than just throw words together to make a valid point.

Legojake94
Legojake94

 @Lazerith91 dude there is no hatred going on on my end aight? and it is true about most ppl flatout buying the game b4 getting the trial, because most of my 50 friends bought and b4 the trial and ended up not liking it just because its harder to control. all these are facts that lead me to believe that at least %75 of the minecraft players bought b4 they got the trial. i love the game, and i love the fact that it is on the xbox version now.. and just because a game sells a lot does not make it a good game. Duke nukem + Alien vs predator anyone?