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Console Edition
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Xbox 360Xbox OnePlaystation 3Playstation 4Playstation Vita
Wii UNintendo Switch

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Latest version
Xbox 360
May 9, 2012
June 4, 2013 (DVD)
Xbox One
September 5, 2014
November 18, 2014 (BluRay)
December 17, 2013
May 14, 2014 (BluRay)
September 4, 2014
October 3, 2014 (BluRay)
October 14, 2014[1]
November 11, 2014 (NA)
November 19, 2014 (Europe)
November 21, 2014 (UK and Ireland)[2]
Wii U
December 17, 2015[3]
June 17, 2016 (Retail)
Nintendo Switch
May 11, 2017 (NA)
May 12, 2017 (Europe)
  • Xbox 360: 113.21 MB
  • Xbox One: 1.12 GB
  • PS3: 90 MB
  • PS4: 225 MB
  • PSVita: 164 MB
  • Wii U: 1.11 GB
  • Nintendo Switch: 696 MB


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Console Edition refers to the console versions of Minecraft developed by 4J Studios. It is available on:

The Console Edition introduces new features such as a simpler crafting system, in-game tutorials, and split-screen multiplayer (excluding Vita), as well as online multiplayer for up to eight players online, which requires a PlayStation Plus subscription (PS4 only), Xbox LIVE (requires Xbox Live Gold subscription), Nintendo Network, or Nintendo Switch Online. As with all versions, updates are free of charge.

In summer 2017, the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch Editions will no longer be available on the Microsoft Store or Nintendo eShop, though these editions will still be updated by 4J Studios. People who own these editions will be able to download the new Bedrock Engine version of Minecraft for free, and their worlds and purchased DLC will transfer to the new version. With the Better Together Update, they will have cross-play with each other, as well as the other versions of Minecraft that use the Bedrock Engine.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

In-game screenshot of Xbox 360 Edition

The objective of the game remains the same as its original computer and Pocket Edition counterparts, where players can build virtual realities in a sandbox-like environment. There is no preset goal; the player may choose to set their own goals.

For the most part, the Console Edition of the game is almost identical to the PC edition but with few apparent differences,[15] but was released with the Xbox 360 Edition in an earlier version equivalent to the PC version Beta 1.6.6, rather than the current PC version at the time of release, 1.2.5. The Wii U Edition was released with an earlier version equivalent to the PC version 1.6.4, rather than the current PC version at the time of release, 1.8.9.

Differences from the PC edition[edit | edit source]

Differences from PC version 1.8 include:

  • The game features splitscreen functionality,[16] however an HDTV with a Component or HDMI cable is required for split-screen play. Split-screen functionality works with a VGA connection to a PC monitor as well as HDMI-to-DVI cables to a PC monitor. Up to 4 players can play in split screen, as well as the possibility to play 8-person online multiplayer game modes in split-screen (or even local wireless communications on Switch). The "PlayStation Vita Edition" only supports up to 2-4 players online and Ad-Hoc support.
  • The game includes an automatic crafting system where you do not have to place the blocks in the grid. However, there is an option to use the PC crafting.
  • The Console Edition includes a tutorial mode not included in the PC version of the game. This tutorial leads the player through the basics of digging and placing blocks, crafting, as well as building their first house to survive the night, fishing, enchanting, brewing, and more.[17]
  • Many blocks/items use outdated sounds.
  • The Player always begins a new world with an empty map.
  • For the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, the PlayStation Vita and Wii U, the world size is limited to 864×864 blocks. Because the outer-most block is unusable on each side of the map, it is effectively 862×862 blocks that can be used. The worlds on the Nintendo Switch can be up to 3072x3072, whereas the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 can be up to 5120x5120.[18]
  • The Nether is limited in size and because of this the movement distance in the Nether vs. the Overworld is 1:3 versus 1:8 in the PC version (1:6 in Switch Edition). Consequently the Nether is limited to about 288×288 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U versions, and to about 512x512 for the Nintendo Switch. The End also uses the aforementioned sizes.
  • Skins can only be chosen from those available as default or from downloadable content.
  • Breeding and utility mob spawning works the same as the PC version with the exception of limiting tamed wolf and snow golem populations to 16. If the player attempts to tame or breed a 17th wolf, it will be killed by other wolves, and if a player attempts to build a 17th snow golem, upon placing the pumpkin all three blocks will break, dropping one pumpkin and eight snowballs. Also, wolf pups are born with full health and reach adulthood without player input.
  • The edge of the world cannot be mined and is completely sea. The edge of the map is a strip of water surrounding the map followed by an invisible barrier in which all players cannot gain access to. This can cause problems as sometimes chests in abandoned mineshafts generate at the edge of the map, causing the player to make and place a new chest next to said chest in order to access all the previously inaccessible items.
  • Creative mode flying does not conserve momentum, meaning if you sprint and stop quickly, you will not drift to another block.
  • When building a portal to the Nether in a superflat world, the Nether will also be flat.
  • Nether wart randomly spawns on soul sand in the Nether, while in the PC version, nether wart can only spawn in nether fortresses.
  • The edge of the Nether is made of bedrock.
  • The PlayStation Vita Edition and Nintendo Switch Edition have Ad-Hoc support, like an offline multiplayer service. It can be toggled on or off (Online or Ad-Hoc), and is also similar to LAN servers but without internet connection.
  • Statistics are replaced with leaderboards.

Achievements, Trophies[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Taking Inventory Press '[defaults to Y button/Triangle button]' to open your inventory. None Open your inventory.
The description will match the configured inventory key.
Getting Wood Attack a tree until a block of wood pops out Taking Inventory Pick up Wood from the ground. 10G
Benchmarking Craft a workbench with four blocks of planks Getting Wood 10G
Time to Farm! Use planks and sticks to make a hoe Benchmarking Pick up a Wooden Hoe from a Crafting Table. 10G
Bake Bread Turn wheat into bread Time to Farm! Pick up Bread from a Crafting Table. 20G
The Lie Wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs! Time to Farm! Pick up a Cake from a Crafting Table. 40G
Time to Strike! Use planks and sticks to make a sword Benchmarking Pick up a Wooden Sword from a Crafting Table. 10G
Monster Hunter Attack and destroy a monster Time to Strike! 20G
Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Time to Strike! Pick up Leather from the ground. 15G
When Pigs Fly Fly a pig off a cliff Cow Tipper Use a saddle to ride a pig, then have the pig get hurt from fall damage while riding it. 40G
Time to Mine! Use planks and sticks to make a pickaxe Benchmarking Pick up a Wooden Pickaxe from a Crafting Table. 10G
Getting an Upgrade Construct a better pickaxe Time to Mine! Pick up a Stone Pickaxe from a Crafting Table. 15G
Hot Topic Construct a furnace out of eight stone blocks Time to Mine! Pick up a Furnace from a Crafting Table. 15G
Delicious Fish Catch and cook fish! Hot Topic Remove a Cooked Fish from a Furnace. 15G
Acquire Hardware Smelt an iron ingot Hot Topic Remove an Iron Ingot from a Furnace. 15G
On A Rail Travel by minecart at least 500 m from where you started Acquire Hardware Travel by minecart to a point at least 500 m in a single direction from where you started. 40G
Into The Nether Build a portal to the Nether Enter a Nether Portal. 40G
MOAR Tools.png MOAR Tools Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one spade, one axe and one hoe). Benchmarking 15G
Dispense With This Construct a Dispenser. 20G
Leader Of The Pack.png Leader Of The Pack Befriend five Wolves. This does not have to be in a single game, so multiple games or reloading old saves does count toward this achievement. 30G
Sniper Duel Kill a skeleton or wither skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters. Monster Hunter "50 meters" is 50 blocks away. 30G
DIAMONDS! Acquire diamonds with your iron tools. Acquire Hardware Pick up a Diamond from the ground. 20G
Return to Sender Destroy a Ghast with a fireball. Into The Nether Kill a Ghast using its own fireball. 30G
Into Fire Relieve a Blaze of its rod Into The Nether Pick up a Blaze Rod from the ground. 20G
Local Brewery Brew a potion. Into Fire Pick up a Potion from a Brewing Stand. An already-created potion placed and removed qualifies. 15G
The End? Locate the End Into Fire Enter an End Portal. 20G
The End. Defeat the Enderdragon. The End? Enter the End exit portal while being in the End. 40G
Enchanter Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table. DIAMONDS! Pick up an Enchantment Table from a Crafting Table. 20G
Awarded All Trophies.png Awarded All Trophies All trophies have been rewarded All Others Collect all trophies except for The Beginning?, The Beginning, Beaconator, Overpowered, Tie Dyed Outfit and Trampoline (for PS4).
Overkill Deal nine hearts of damage in a single hit Enchanter Damage can be dealt to any mob, even those that do not have nine hearts of health overall. 30G
Librarian Build some bookshelves to improve your enchantment table Enchanter Pick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output. 20G
Adventuring Time Discover 17 of the 40 different biomes The End? Visit these 17 biomes. 40G
The Beginning? Spawn the Wither The End. Be within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it is spawned. 20G
The Beginning. Kill the Wither The Beginning? Be within a 100.9×100.9×203.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it drops the nether star. 40G
Beaconator Create a full beacon. The Beginning. Be within a 20×20×14 cuboid centered on the pyramid when the beacon block realizes it is fully powered. 60G
Repopulation Breed two cows with wheat Cow Tipper Breed two cows or two mooshrooms. 15G
Diamonds to you! Throw diamonds at another player. DIAMONDS! Drop a diamond with your drop-item key (default is B button/Circle button). Another player or a zombie must then pick up this diamond. If picked up by a player, the diamond must create a new stack in their inventory. 15G
Overpowered Eat a Notch Apple. Getting an Upgrade Eat an enchanted golden apple. 30G
Pork Chop Cook and eat a pork chop. 10G
Passing the Time Play for 100 days. Play for 100 Minecraft days, which is equivalent to 33 hours in real time. 20G
The Haggler Mine or purchase 30 Emeralds. You can do this in different worlds 30G
Pot Planter Craft and place a Flower Pot. 15G
It's a Sign! Craft and place a Sign. 15G
Iron Belly Stop starvation using Rotten Flesh 20G
Have a Shearful Day Use Shears to obtain wool from a sheep. 15G
Rainbow Collection.png Rainbow Collection Gather all 16 colors of wool. 30G
Achievement-plain.pngGrid Lava.png Stayin' Frosty Swim in lava while having the Fire Resistance effect. 20G
Chestful of Cobblestone Mine 1,728 Cobblestone and place it in a chest 20G
Renewable Energy Smelt wood trunks using charcoal to make more charcoal. 10G
Music to my Ears Play a music disc in a Jukebox. 20G
Body Guard.png Body Guard Create an Iron Golem. 20G
Iron Man.png Iron Man Wear a full suit of Iron Armour. Can also be done in existing worlds 15G
Zombie Doctor.png Zombie Doctor Cure a zombie villager. Throw a splash potion of weakness at a zombie villager and give it a golden apple (by facing the zombie and pressing Left trigger/L2/L with a golden apple in your hand) 40G
Lion Tamer.png Lion Tamer Tame an Ocelot 15G
Archer.png Archer Kill a creeper with arrows. 10G
Tie Dye Outfit.png Tie Dye Outfit Dye all 4 unique pieces of Leather Armor. 15G
Trampoline Bounce 30 blocks upward off a Slime Block. 15G

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 4J Studios, the company making the Minecraft port for consoles, also made several other video game ports, namely Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, and Perfect Dark for XBLA as well as The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for PS3.
  • Notch stated that the Xbox 360 would be the sole console provider of Minecraft.[19] However, Sony later annnounced that there would be versions for the PS3, PS4, and Vita released.[20][21] Then, Mojang would later announce a Wii U edition.
  • There is no way to modify Console Edition legitimately, but it can be cracked to do so. Notice that there is a chance for you to get banned when using mods, except on Wii U.
  • You can grab edge blocks with sticky pistons. However, it's impossible to push blocks into the edge.
  • Spiders can climb the edge of the world, as it's classed as a block.

References[edit | edit source]

  4. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition PEGI Rating
  5. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition ESRB Rating
  6. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition ACB Rating