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So it’s official, Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition will be getting it’s first update ‘soon’, which will take the Xbox edition from the equivalent of PC Beta 1.6.6 to 1.7.3, after this there will be an even bigger update to 1.8.2 (known as the Adventure Update).

It’s unknown exactly when the update will be, but we expect sometime within the next couple of months they will release the first update. With a little luck we will have the Adventure Update by the end of summer 🙂

When OXM spoke to Roger Carpenter (the port developer from 4J Studios), he mentioned a lot of the difficulties with porting 1.8.2 (the Adventure Update) over to the Xbox Edition. Mainly due to the fact the this update is MASSIVE, so big it should probably be called mini-DLC. It’s not so much a new update as it is turning it into a whole new game.

One of the biggest additions being made (and probably one of the most frequently requested ones) is Creative mode, which if you didn’t know makes you invincible, able to fly and you have infinite of everything. It’s the ultimate mode for people that just want to build without fear of everything being blown up by a creeper.

4J Studios has some control over which features make it from the PC version to the Xbox Edition, but according to them they are working closely with Daniel Kaplan at Mojang to decide exactly which features will make the cut. 4J feels that “The game isn’t Minecraft on the Xbox, it is Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition”, meaning that it isn’t an exact port/copy of Minecraft PC.

So without further ado here are the expected features for Xbox updates 1.7.3 and 1.8.2.

1.7.3 Features

  • Added Pistons !
  • Added Shears
    • Shears are used to pick up leaf blocks and also to shear sheep without hurting them
  • Sheep don’t drop wool if you punch them anymore
  • Clay generation fixed (more clay!)
  • Flint and Steel now required for TNT ignition
  • Fences can be stacked vertically
  • New Cobblestone and Brick textures

1.8.2 Features

  • Added Creative mode!
  • New Mobs
    • Enderman
    • Cave Spiders
    • Silverfish
  • New Blocks
    • Stone Bricks
    • Stone Brick Slabs & Stairs
    • Brick Slabs & Stairs
    • Fence Gates
    • Glass Panes
    • Iron Bars
    • Melons
    • Vines (not really a block but whatever)
  • New Terrain Generation Features
    • NPC Villages
    • Strongholds
    • Abandoned Mine Shafts
    • Ravines
    • Rivers
    • Ocean Biomes (very deep and large)
    • Mountain Biome
    • Swamp Biome
    • Ocean floor is now made of sand, dirt and clay. (Clay is even more common)
  • New Food System
    • There is now a hunger bar which is filled by eating
    • All food except mushroom stew is stackable
    • Food no longer heals directly, but rather over time when the hunger bar is filled
    • 5 New Food Items
      • Melon Slices
      • Raw Chicken
      • Raw Beef
      • Cooked Chicken
      • Steak
    • Eating raw food or Rotten Flesh has a chance to poison the player.
    • Added Pumpkin and Melon Seeds for farming pumpkins and melons, respectively.
  • New Combat Mechanics
    • Added Sprinting
    • Hold-to-charge bows
    • Critical hits
    • Added Blocking ability with a sword
    • Mobs drop experience orbs which fill your experience bar
  • User placed leaf blocks no longer decay if there is no wood nearby
  • Clouds moved to the top of the map so they no longer go through blocks
  • Pressure plates can be placed on fences
  • Animals no longer despawn (disappear), making it possible to capture them and keep them as pets
  • Improved chest model
  • New sounds for (almost) everything!

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