Czech, Thai, and Turkish language wikis are now available. Please help with translating!

Console Edition

From Minecraft Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Console Edition
Console Edition.png

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

Written in


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: 1.16 GB
  • Nintendo Switch: 887 MB


Source available



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 autumn 2017, the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch Editions will no longer be available on the Microsoft Store or Nintendo eShop, and will stop receiving updates. 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 Java Edition 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 Java Edition but with few apparent differences,[15] but was released with the Xbox 360 Edition in an earlier version equivalent to the Java Edition Beta 1.6.6, rather than the current Java Edition version at the time of release, 1.2.5. The Wii U Edition was released with an earlier version equivalent to the Java Edition 1.6.4, rather than the current Java Edition version at the time of release, 1.8.9.

Differences from the Java Edition[edit | edit source]

Differences from Java Edition 1.12 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 Java Edition crafting.
  • The Console Edition includes a tutorial mode not included in the Java Edition. 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]
  • The Zombie Villager sound is outdated.
  • 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 Java Edition (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 Java Edition 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 Java Edition, 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, with the exception of Wii U and Nintendo Switch Edition.

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. Open your inventory.
The description will match the configured inventory key.
10G Bronze

Getting Wood Attack a tree until a block of wood pops out Pick up Wood from the ground. 10G Bronze

Benchmaking Craft a workbench with four blocks of planks 10G Bronze

Time to Farm! Use planks and sticks to make a hoe Pick up a Wooden Hoe from a Crafting Table. 10G Bronze

Bake Bread Turn wheat into bread Pick up Bread from a Crafting Table. 20G Silver

The Lie Wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs! Pick up a Cake from a Crafting Table. 40G Silver

Time to Strike! Use planks and sticks to make a sword Pick up a Wooden Sword from a Crafting Table. 10G Bronze

Monster Hunter Attack and destroy a monster 20G Bronze

Cow Tipper Harvest some leather Pick up Leather from the ground. 15G Bronze

When Pigs Fly Fly a pig off a cliff Use a saddle to ride a pig, then have the pig get hurt from fall damage while riding it. 40G Gold

Time to Mine! Use planks and sticks to make a pickaxe Pick up a Wooden Pickaxe from a Crafting Table. 10G Bronze

Getting an Upgrade Construct a better pickaxe Pick up a Stone Pickaxe from a Crafting Table. 15G Bronze

Hot Topic Construct a furnace out of eight stone blocks Pick up a Furnace from a Crafting Table. 15G Bronze

Delicious Fish Catch and cook fish! Remove a Cooked Fish from a Furnace. 15G Silver

Acquire Hardware Smelt an iron ingot Remove an Iron Ingot from a Furnace. 15G Silver

On A Rail Travel by minecart at least 500 m from where you started Travel by minecart to a point at least 500 m in a single direction from where you started. 40G Gold

Into The Nether Build a portal to the Nether Enter a Nether Portal. 40G Silver

MOAR Tools Construct one type of each tool (one pickaxe, one spade, one axe and one hoe). 15G

Dispense With This Construct a Dispenser. 20G Silver

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 Silver

Sniper Duel Kill a skeleton or wither skeleton with an arrow from more than 50 meters. "50 meters" is 50 blocks away. 30G Silver

DIAMONDS! Acquire diamonds with your iron tools. Pick up a Diamond from the ground. 20G Gold

Return to Sender Destroy a Ghast with a fireball. Kill a Ghast using its own fireball. 30G Gold

Into Fire Relieve a Blaze of its rod Pick up a Blaze Rod from the ground. 20G Silver

Local Brewery Brew a potion. Pick up a Potion from a Brewing Stand. An already-created potion placed and removed qualifies. 15G Silver

The End? Locate the End Enter an End Portal. 20G Gold

The End. Defeat the Enderdragon. Enter the End exit portal while being in the End. 40G Bronze (Gold on PS3)

Enchanter Use a book, obsidian and diamonds to construct an enchantment table. Pick up an Enchantment Table from a Crafting Table. 20G Silver

Awarded All Trophies All trophies have been rewarded Collect all trophies except for The Beginning?, The Beginning, Beaconator, Overpowered, Tie Dyed Outfit and Trampoline (for PS4). Platinum

Overkill Deal nine hearts of damage in a single hit 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 Pick up a bookshelf from a crafting table output. 20G

Adventuring Time Discover 17 of the 40 different biomes Visit these 17 biomes. 40G Silver

The Beginning? Spawn the Wither Be within a 100.9×100.9×103.5 cuboid centered on the Wither when it is spawned. 20G Bronze

The Beginning. Kill the Wither 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. 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 Breed two cows or two mooshrooms. 15G

Diamonds to you! Throw diamonds at another player. 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. Eat an enchanted golden apple. 30G

Pork Chop Cook and eat a pork chop. 10G Bronze

Passing the Time Play for 100 days. Play for 100 Minecraft days, which is equivalent to 33 hours in real time. 20G Bronze

The Haggler Mine or purchase 30 Emeralds. You can do this in different worlds 30G Sliver

Pot Planter Craft and place a Flower Pot. 15G Bronze

It's a Sign! Craft and place a Sign. 15G Bronze

Iron Belly Stop starvation using Rotten Flesh 20G Bronze

Have a Shearful Day Use Shears to obtain wool from a sheep. 15G Bronze

Rainbow Collection Gather all 16 colors of wool. 30G Sliver

Stayin' Frosty Swim in lava while having the Fire Resistance effect. 20G Bronze

Chestful of Cobblestone Mine 1,728 Cobblestone and place it in a chest 20G Bronze

Renewable Energy Smelt wood trunks using charcoal to make more charcoal. 10G Bronze

Music to my Ears Play a music disc in a Jukebox. 20G Bronze

Body Guard Create an Iron Golem. 20G Bronze

Iron Man Wear a full suit of Iron Armour Can also be done in existing worlds 15G Bronze

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 Gold

Lion Tamer Tame an Ocelot 15G Bronze

Archer Kill a creeper with arrows. 10G Bronze

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, and even later a Nintendo Switch 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