Minecraft: Xbox Version Doesn’t Work with All TVs!
This is a bit of a blow for many fans who have waited patiently for an Xbox 360 version of the indie cult classic Minecraft. Unfortunately, it seems that the Xbox 360 version’s key feature does not work on all kinds of televisions. At the moment there is nothing fans can do but buy a new TV if they want to use the split-screen multiplayer.
Obvioisly this is not a solution, as yet however no-word has come from the Mojang camp or from XBLA as to whether or not the problem will be fixed. It seems that Minecraft Xbox 360 requires and HDTV to run its split-screen multiplayer feature, which is a luxury that not everybody can afford. Obviously this is due to the technology required by the game, lots of games require specific hardware to run, but the problem actually lies with the description of the game on XBLA. When a perspective buyer peruses the Marketplace, there is nowhere that obviously states that a HDTV is required to use all the features of the game.
Microsoft issued a statement confirming that an HDTV is required to run the split-screen multiplayer, and to display the text needs of the inventory and crafting systems. They also seemed to deny responsibility as they included that a prompt was shown in game as to these requirements. One wonders if the person maybe heard themselves saying that and died a little inside. Obviously an in-game warning is no good to the fans who have just parted with $20 of hard earned cash. It is hard to tell whether Microsoft are idiots or they think we are? Regardless of their strange ideas about marketing, the fact remains that Minecraft for Xbox 360 just doesn’t work for everyone. Hopefully Microsoft will update the game’s description and also offer people refunds.