Longtime fans who picked up Minecraft’s Xbox 360 Edition may have cried foul when they realized that this edition was a huge step backward from the version they were used to playing on PC. The build the 360 Edition is based off is one of the iterations of Beta 1.6, which came out last May. Yes, that means the PC version of Minecraft is based on a version from a year ago.
But fret not, oh patient Xbox users, the Adventure Update (Beta 1.8.2) is coming eventually. However, before that happens, we’ll be updated to 1.7.3, which means we’ll get to monkey around with pistons.
This information comes from Paddy Burns of 4J Studios, who recently spoke with OXM about the changes.
Burns also explained that implementing the Adventure Update will be quite the challenge: “This is going to be the most difficult update due to the sheer amount of changes, and also the underlying architecture changes that come with it. We’re looking forward to the challenge!”
For those of us who remember the PC’s Adventure Update from last September, this sentiment shouldn’t be too hard to understand. After all, 1.8 was one of the biggest updates in Minecraft history, adding everything from landscape features like ravines to brand new mobs like Endermen and silverfish. Several game mechanics changed too, with the addition of sprint, bow charging, experience gain, and a hunger bar that drains over time but can be refilled by eating food.
The full list of changes can be found on the Minecraft Wiki. However, it must be noted that the Xbox 360 Edition won’t be a direct port, and not all the features in the PC version will make it over.
In the words of Burns himself: “We are working with Daniel Kaplan at Mojang to define what is going in to the Xbox version, but the aim is to include as many of the PC features that make sense on the Xbox as possible. The game isn’t Minecraft on the Xbox, it is Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, so it isn’t really a direct port of the PC game.”