While Minecraft has sold millions of units on the Xbox Live Arcade and broken every sales record there is to have on that platform, PC Minecraft players (browser alpha FTW!!!11!) have known for a while that the Xbox 360 version of the game is considerably gimped. Now the promised Adventure Update, uh, update, will land on the Xbox in ‘a few more weeks’ rather than the previously imagined sooner than that. The aptly named release will introduce villages, villagers, and the PC version’s quest line, all of which were introduced last year for the primary version of the game.
Developer 4J pins a lot of blame for the delay on the Xbox 360’s limited hardware spec and the testing required. It’s hard to believe, but the console that powers Gears of War and Halo is still seven years old and only features a paltry 512MB of RAM. Yeah, that was a pretty tough number in 2005, but not so much in 2012. It seems ironic that Minecraft, such a seemingly primitive game, would struggle so much compared to more intense titles, but I’m no programmer! On the flip side, Minecraft for Xbox 360 must be gussied up and pretty, something the PC version still struggles a lot with. No doubt a huge reason why people have hopped on the Minecraft XBLA train was to avoid all the malarky with finding server IPs, keeping up with patches, unkeeping up with patches, etc.
Well, no sense in revealing to the XBLA crowd what they’re missing.