Latest Minecraft update for the Xbox lets you ride horses, name mules

Today sees the day for Minecraft's next content patch on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Version 1.6.4 is quite the release, bringing horses to the consoles. As well as the four-legged animals to tame, new players will be able to take advantage of a new tutorial world to get used to how the Minecraft world works.

Here's a full list of changes for version 1.6.4:

  • Tame and ride horses!
  • Use those horses to run away from the new Wither Skeletons, Witches, and Bats (among other nasty things)!
  • Equip your horse with horse armor!
  • Name your horse something really cool... and while you're at it, use the new name tag item to give a less-cool name to your new donkey!
  • Build a whole ton of fireworks, and program them to go off when the sun goes down!
  • Set off those fireworks to celebrate the successful crossbreeding of your new horse and donkey, and the birth of your new mule!
  • Name that mule!

There are also new blocks, items and mobs to explore in the latest update, as well as new guest controls for hosting worlds and even some advanced Redstone circuits for those Minecraft gurus out there. You should receive the update for free on your Xbox One or Xbox 360 console.

Source: Xbox wire (opens in new tab)

Rich Edmonds
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Cool
  • Phew, 'cause I was *not* looking forward to the prospect of walking through the desert on horse with no name.
  • Can it be updated when you have the disc?
  • Updates are installed on the hard drive. Put your disk in and see.
  • No I was just wondering cos I don't have an xbox
  • You're talking about the PC version?! If so............ya....
  • Could any one recommend the best youtuber playing Minecraft. This game is too difficult to me =_=
  • Captin Sparkles and Tom Syndicate are the two that I watch. I'm not sure if you're looking for more relaxing miners or informational. (I suggested laid back ones.)
  • Lewisblogsgaming is pretty fun.
  • Mumbo Jumbo is a good Minecraft Youtuber
  • These youtuber make tutorials for beginner? 
  • paulsoaresjr  - he is my minecraft mentor. :D
  • he's the best for learning Minecraft because his videos are organized so you can look at something specific.  not all over the place like other Minecraft gurus. if you're looking more for humor and fun, he's not the best.
  • You can learn a lot by watching the lets play channel on youtube that the guys from rooster teeth do. If you search lets play Minecraft theyve done about 150 different videos. Theyre funny and you can pick up a lot of tips... Their lets build in Minecraft series are quite useful too.
  • In the title, I thought it said maim mules. How horrific, alas, I was wrong.
  • How do you realy play a game like mine craft its pixelated blocks m bored by even lookin at the screenshot
  • They're two bosses in the game. If you like goals, then you can complete the task and stop playing.
  • Get the phone version. I thought the same thing before.....
  • I agree. Nothing about it appeals to me.
  • Really can't see nothing special in this game.
  • This game has written "Sandbox" all over it. There are no real goals (they added two big "boss-type" enemies), but other than that it is fully open world. It's basically like playing legos, building structures, creating machines and contraptions.   That's it really. The fact that it doesn not have any story or goal makes this game easy to pick up every once in a while, even after weeks of not playing.   The only thing that bothers me is the tiny map size of the 360 version compared to the PC version, even the Xbox One/PS4 versions are very limited compared to the PC
  • Imused to a game that has story line but atleast it has goals and task to complete i spend my entire day playin rule the kingdom
  • Dude, its like a really complicated version of Lego. With stuff trying to kill you while you build things... I can waste hours playing it jus exploring. Theres nothing more tense than being caught at night too far away from your shelter trying to make sure you don't lose all your gubbins!
  • My favorite game :)
  • Do I need to have Live Gold to update it?
  • No. Only to play online.
  • Does anyone know if you have to start a new world after you update on xbo to be able to see the new stuff or will it populate in the world I've been playing in? I've put so much work into my world, I dont want to have to start over but I do want horses for sure
  • Since the added features are not "geological" like new ores or stuff, I assume it'll work on old maps as well. As far as I can see they only added an additional friendly mob that does not need "special" circumstances to appear (like slimes, endermen or similar) and new recipes.
  • I was wondering the same thing about the need for a new game. I read over on IGN that there are new ore types, so we might need a new game if we want those additions.
  • if there really are new ore types then you'll most likely create a new world as your current world will have most of its chunks created already so these chunks will not have the new ore types. But where does it say something about new ores? And which ones would they be? Emeralds are already in the 360 version.
  • Whoever wrote that changelog deserves a promotion.
  • It really needs cross platform sync and compatibility.
  • Lol? PC got this literally a year ago.
  • Hey how do you name horses I don't get it?
  • Please tell me how to name them
  • when I name something the name doesnt pop up what should i do this is on xbox 360
  • what should i do if the name doesnt pop up when i name a animal xbox 360