Minecraft 360 split-screen requires HDTV

Split-screen co-op is one of the big features Minecraft on Xbox Live Arcade boasts over the PC original, but some disappointed players are finding it unexpectedly unavailable to them. It turns out, and is not explained before you buy the game, that split-screen is only for HD displays, and is simply blocked from poor SD users.

But why? Port developer 4J Studios explained on Twitter, "The inventory and crafting just didn't work in splitscreen Standard Definition - it was too small to make out."

Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch' Persson responded, when asked by a fan for his thoughts on this, "I wasn't even aware of that. I assume it's because of the inventory or crafting menus?"

The Xbox 360 edition is also limited to a world size of 1024x1024x1024 blocks, while the original is many, many, many millions of blocks across. Still, our Steve was relatively pleased with the port when he reviewed it, calling it a "decent console entry point with some sharp ideas of its own."