Xbox One Minecraft is “really close”

Notch says that he’s excited about the quality of the Xbox One version.

Microsoft says that the Xbox One version of Minecraft is getting closer to release.

Microsoft Games Studios chief Phil Spencer told IGN that 4J Studios, the developer behind the console versions of Minecraft, controls the release date of Minecraft for Xbox One, but that after talking to them he could say that “we’re getting really close.”

Spencer said that he also talked to Markus “Notch” Persson, and that the Minecraft creator is really excited about the quality of the Xbox One version.

Last week, 4J Studios announced an update to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Minecraft, with changes and additions that are already available in the PC version. The update is out now.

After learning that Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion, Persson also revealed that he canceled a free version of Minecraft designed to promote virtual reality, saying that the social networking company creeps him out.

Will you be playing Minecraft on Xbox One when it’s released?

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jumalan75
jumalan75

Microsoft if you are listening!!!! I'll take a free copy of Minecraft and I will buy Xbox one. Not Titanfail...

It's that simple

DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

I hope when they release it the version will be completely up to date. I mean how long did that dang xbox360 update take 6 months???

theKSMM
theKSMM

I can't wait to see the graphical improvements that the XONE version will have over the X360!  No doubt it'll look fantastic in 1080p!

lozziebateman
lozziebateman

I was waiting for the PS4 version, but then I bought it on PC and I'm glad I did.

DemocraticTroll
DemocraticTroll

And you'll still have ti buy skins and texture packs...thanks but there's the PC version in which i can get them for FREE!.

Greedy bastards...

mr_nee
mr_nee

wonder if bots will prefer this over titanfall

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I'll never understand the allure of this 'game', but more power to Western gaming innovation!

Have fun!

playmynutz
playmynutz

people will love minecraft on xbox one

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

a next gen console trying to run a shitty game with no graphic power such as minecraft, and it is just "close"?


What a joke, the xbone cant even handle minecraft, thats is really pathetic. no wonder why it cant play at 1080.


Yeah, even when the patch comes out, the 1080 will make the games so unplayable that every xbot will go back to their beloved 720.

hotwog21
hotwog21

really close to being pushed back

santinegrete
santinegrete

I didn't see this coming, after all, do you remember why the cancelation of minecraft for Oculus Rift happened? Oh well, forgiveness is good too :)

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

Really close! Woot minecraft coming april 2015 lads!!!

nottyoufatjesus
nottyoufatjesus

I have both the xbox 360 and the PC version. Absolutely love it on both but PC was too troublesome - always new title updates, installing new versions of mods, pixelmon, and the Minecraft launcher...I can't wait for the release on Xbox One so I can just relax and play without worrying about installing updates myself.

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

Im playing it on the 360 right now... just killing time till the Xbox One version is released.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Vita version release date please?

As a player of Minecraft on PC, the Vita version is the only other one I might be interested in, since the dual analog sticks would make it far more playable than Pocket Edition with its touchscreen controls

shakensparco
shakensparco

I'm confused, why is the first picture in the article of Far Cry 3?

KelpsterD
KelpsterD

I'll pick it up. I'm a little bummed that the X360 version doesn't give you as much space as the pc. I've got both, and I play them with my pc buddies, and my console buddies :)

Trender_man
Trender_man

this is an article about minecraft yet why are you showing a screenshot of the xbox one version of tomb raider?

Daveof89
Daveof89

I don't understand the hype of this game at all. I bought the pc version a few years ago, and I've played it maybe three times. I bought the 360 version because my friends asked me to play with them, and I've literally played it once. I will not waste any more money on this game.

haze0986
haze0986

i bought the game 3 times already, ps3 ,pc, and mobile, they all have the same graphics and judging from how they handled it so far xbox one and ps4 versions will look the same aswell, with the new consoles why not get the most realistic texture pack and apply it instead of the way it looks now? theres no reason for me to buy it again 

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

I like how he thinks facebook is creepy & pulls his game away from rift then works with microsoft the guys who allow the NSA a back door into win7 & 8 and thats not creepy ? 

emerin76
emerin76

hmm, i'll do my world creating with Project Spark I think.

Vojtass
Vojtass

It's really close. Just go deeper.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Really close..... quality of the One's version...


People? It's $%^&*( colored pixlated blocks.... if it's hard to make minecraft for One geezz.....


9garr
9garr

no i will not be playing on the xbone when its released, ill be playing on the ps4 ;)

demondogx
demondogx

Why would you want Minecraft without mods ?

zandrxix
zandrxix

@Sevenizz 
It's just Legos in a game and you dont have to clean anything up when your done you just start a new world.
I mean who wouldnt want a Lego land made for them and then you get to build what ever you think of on it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Sevenizz I don't understand it either, but it's the most commercially successful Swedish game ever, so more power to Swedish game development!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Why do you care what people play? It's not like you have to buy it.

Man, some people just enjoy being assholes for absolutely no reason at all.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Do people normally call you an idiot?

Honest question.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Did you see The Social Network? Would you go into business with that prick?

DemocraticTroll
DemocraticTroll

@nottyoufatjesus  Will that's it, there are no mod on the console versions or free texture packs.

If you wanna play the game like the console version just don't update it anymore.

pelvist
pelvist

@nottyoufatjesus  The game automatically patches, theres only "always new title updates" if you choose to play the version which offers latest snapshots (dev build) you dont get that option on console, it takes less than 20sec to patch on my 8 meg connection (830Kb/s download speed) the console version doesnt have mods and you can play the PC version with a controller and plug a PC into a tv. 


In reality you just double click the Minecraft Icon and 30 secs later youve loaded up your save game or connected to your favorite server. I somehow doubt youve even played the PC verison.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@nottyoufatjesus yep, those are the obvious drawbacks of PC gaming

sometimes you just want to sit down and play rather than enduring 20 minutes of hassle to make a game work

snider83
snider83

@demonkingx5  Plus do you really think that there aren't easier ways for the gov't to moniter people? Jesus man, since 9/11 and the Patriot Act, the gov't has the right to fly spy drones ANYWHERE in the US, and moniter any building. Letalone the cellphone in your pocket or any tracking of your internet which could moniter your use of a PC or PS4/3 also.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@demondogx That's what I've wondered as well, but apparently some people are fine with playing it without the added benefits and variety and free content that mods deliver. Some people also don't like using mods, which I will never understand since mods is one of the greatest things about games, but I understand that not all gamers like what I like.

nerdman67
nerdman67

@demondogx  To play with people who do not have PCs? Thats the only reason I am going to buy it for X1. 

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Oh wow, I didn't know it was Swedish - I'm half Swedish too!

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Sevenizz Yeah, totally agree. As long as there are good games for me to play, I don't care if there are uninteresting games out there that are more popular than the ones I like.

zerohournow
zerohournow

@Spartan_418 @nottyoufatjesuswhat PCs are you playing on? They update the same way as consoles....if you cant handle mods, then dont use them but that is the nice thing about PC versions instead of being stuck with only the vanilla version on consoles.

JakeTehNub
JakeTehNub

@Spartan_418 @nottyoufatjesuswhat the hell are you two talking about? You don't have to deal with any of that stuff on the PC if you don't want to. Meanwhile on the Xbox you don't get mods or anything if you want them.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@nerdman67 @demondogx "people who do not have PCs"

only penguins in Antarctica don't have PCs

Hurvl
Hurvl

@mr_nee @SevenizzIt's not crap if it sells millions of copies (perhaps popular crap :P). I'm Swedish, so I enjoy every success my country(men) get. Sverige är bäst!

mr_nee
mr_nee

@Sevenizz  And I'm half italian, we make Ferrari, Lamborgini and came up with pizza not pixel crap games!

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@zerohournow @JakeTehNub A few weeks ago I had to completely uninstall and re-download Spec Ops: The Line on Steam because it was crashing on startup for some unknown reason

That's the type of hassle I'm talking about. Just because things auto-update doesn't mean PC gaming is as seamless as you say it is.