Minecraft XBLA offers split-screen, no Kinect at launch

Minecraft for XBLA will feature split-screen play, but it will lack Kinect functionality at launch.

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Minecraft has been a long time coming on Xbox Live Arcade, and developer 4J plans to support its development as closely as possible with the PC version. That doesn't mean the XBLA title won't get some of its own console features, though. The Xbox Spring Showcase revealed one nifty new feature.

Kotaku reports that the game will feature everyone's favorite couch co-op facilitator: split-screen play. Meanwhile, Kinect functionality won't be added sometime after launch, reports Eurogamer.

The team is working from beta version 1.6.6, and will be updating further as they go. One patch will include Kinect support, so not all of the patches will be direct mirrors of their PC counterparts. Developer 4J has previously suggested that Minecraft could be the first XBLA game with constant updates.

The Xbox 360 updates will be delivered as title updates, usually reserved for patches or bug fixes, but this assures that new Minecraft content stays free. Due to the certifications process, though, the 360 version will always be a little behind the PC version, so those of you who have already built your blocky superstructures can still look down on the console hordes.

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    March 5, 2012 4:45 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Minecraft XBLA offers split-screen, no Kinect at launch.

    Minecraft for XBLA will feature split-screen play, but it will lack Kinect functionality at launch.

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      March 5, 2012 4:59 PM

      Awww mang, I'd love some split screen action on the PC version.

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      March 5, 2012 5:01 PM

      I hope that this sells a shit ton more, it's the perfect XBLA game, and split screen? Jesus.

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        March 5, 2012 6:22 PM

        I know! I'm going to play the shit out of this with my other half. We typically Minecraft on separate laptops on the same server.

        But now - on the same couch? Mein gott!

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        March 5, 2012 6:40 PM

        I dont even have an xbox connected and I may pay for it just to support it. I bought the PC version in Alpha for ~$15 and the android version for ~$7 I think so I figure it will still put me under retail price for a game I have put hundreds of hours into

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      March 6, 2012 3:10 AM

      This is Sold already, the question is: when??

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      March 6, 2012 3:21 AM

      Also, I am not sure how the crafting or inventory interface will look on a 4-split screen. Must be the following stage next to Incredibly Tiny?

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        March 6, 2012 9:04 AM

        I thought that it was just a 2-way split for 2 players?

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      March 6, 2012 4:53 AM

      So you can punch trees with Kinect later on?

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      March 6, 2012 5:23 AM

      Anyone know if this is coming to the PSN?