Minecraft for Xbox One due Friday for $19.99 or $4.99 if you own Xbox 360 version

Microsoft has just announced that the long awaited Xbox One version of the highly popular sandbox game Minecraft will be released via digital download on Friday for $19.99, but people who already own the Xbox 360 version can get the Xbox One port for just $4.99.

The Xbox 360 version of Minecraft has sold over 13 million copies since it launched for the console in May 2012. The Xbox One port, developed by 4J Studios, will likely be a big hit as well. Microsoft says:

"With worlds up to 36 times larger than on Xbox 360, now there's an even bigger canvas to create on. Transfer your favorite Xbox 360 worlds and content to the Xbox One Edition so you won't lose your creations. Join a community of 13-million-plus Minecraft fans on Xbox Live that are continually laying down imaginative creations. And, with the widest range of downloadable content on console, you'll never run out of new worlds to explore with four player split-screen on one console or up to eight players over Xbox Live."

If you prefer to get your games on an old fashioned disc via a retail store, the Xbox One version of Minecraft will be sold in that form sometime before the end of 2014. If you are an Xbox One owner are you excited about Minecraft appearing on the console this Friday?

Source: Xbox Wire (opens in new tab)

John Callaham
  • Minecraft pocket edition for WP... A dream! By the way: Hi mom!
  • Just pick up a cheap iOS or Android device to play games on. MCPE is a fantastic mobile game, but it's pretty limited if you're used to playing the full version.
  • My daughter, a PC Minecraft fan, actually prefers Discovery to the pocket edition of Minecraft.
    No reason they can't release something like the 360 version on WP though....
  • If the full console version was able to run on a cell phone, I'm pretty sure Mojang would have done it already.
  • Minecrafts biggest problem is Java. An optimized version coded in a better language with a more efficient compiler could work. But Mojang couldn't do it, they couldn't even make the console version and brought another company in for that.
    In the meantime there are plenty of clones that put pocket edition to shame, and some of them are even on WP.
  • We all have our opinions, but none of the clones are as good as actual Minecraft.
  • That will be the day. I wish this was available. It would make my life
  • Survivalcraft is a nice one.
  • Yep, have it. And it even has electric (redstone)
  • Darkest, I accidently down voted your post while I was scrolling, and it won't let me undo it. Sorry m8 :(
  • Nevermind, I was able to fix it once I got home to my pc.
  • Jeb and Notch have actually commented on Minecraft for WP. I think they said the problem was the language or Java or something and that they would have to get new developers, but this was long before WP 8.1 was announced. Now that WP has grown, hopefully they can make it.
  • Hell yeah!
  • I guess we should be more than happy with the Minecraft clients that we already got.
  • My 9 year old daughter is waiting anxiously for this. She played it on a friend's 360 and has been badgering me constantly about when it will be available on XBox one.
  • My son wants to know if you can install mods. Anyone know?
  • Um not unless you hack your Xbox. Mods in general are PC only for the most part.
  • Even then, not only is there no current way to hack the Xbox One whatsoever (I run in some, how should I put it...."informed" circles) but someone would have to write a mod specifically tailored to the Xbox One in a hacked state. So if this ever happens, it will probably be in the vicinity of 5-10 years.
  • One the one hand, I get $15 off for having this game on the 360. On the other hand, I hated this game on the 360.
  • They need to unify more. If you own on Windows / Windows Phone / Xbox you should OWN it.... unless one of those platforms has more extras, then pay a little for them. I've paid for apps in full separately on Windows / Windows Phone, should never happen - should refund all consumers without request needed if wanting to stick it to Android.
  • We are paying a little extra, due to the expanded features.
  • Sure, but if you guy an Xbox One game, same as Xbox 365, free??
  • The issue is that you didn't pay it for Windows - you paid it for Windows, Mac and Linux. You didn't pay for it using a Microsoft account, you paid it using a Minecraft account. There is no way you can connect both minecraft and Microsoft Account purchase systems and check for purchases - that's something you have to complain about to Mojang. The only way it might work where you pay once, use all systems, is if Mojang releases minecraft for free (which will be a 90 minute trial) and within the app, you can log in, to use the full version.
  • Or if they'd put it as an app in the store. Then it would work. Nevertheless one and 360 are quite different when it comes to coding so there is this work you pay for.
  • The game had to be ported from scratch to Xbox One. It's much more work than making a Windows 8 game run on Windows Phone. And the many new features and enhancements - all take time and effort. Porting it over and then not charging for it wouldn't be profitable, so devs just wouldn't do that. But $5 is a very fair price for the transfer and improvements.
  • W00t cant wait!!!!
  • I'm glad that I purchased the Xbox 360 edition. I'm snatching this for $5. They should do this with GTA V when it releases September 18th. Mark it down to $19.99 if you have it for Xbox 360 as well
  • GTA V will be a huge upgrade man it will be worth 60 Minecraft it's exactly the same as on the 360
  • What? GTA V will have better textures, but the game itself will be the same. Minecraft will make its worlds 36 times larger, offering a greater area in which to play, plus it gets actual core gameplay updates, and you can import worlds from the 360. I think that you have your statement compeltely backwards, because GTA is a reskin of a dumb game and Minecraft is an expansion and improvment of a dumb game.
  • Eh, didn't you read? It will enable worlds up to 36 times the size, so no, not exactly the same. :) btw, I cant wait, sad it arrives so close to destiny thou :( won't have much time for MC.
  • They can't verify that you own gta 5 for 360 unless it is digitally based. And since people have the disc instead in some cases, they have no reasonable way to make it fair for everyone to get a discount. Minecraft on the other hand is a digital-only game, and therefore is a discount for everyone, vis a vis, fair. The only way they could do a gta5 upgrade is a promotion similar to the $10 upgrade they did for black flag, battlefield, etc when the One originally launched.
  • I am sure there is a hard copy too.
  • True, but the vast majority of Minecraft 360 sales were the digital version. The disc came later.
  • My wife bought my son Minecraft on disc, so I doubt we'll be able to get the cheap X1 version.
  • I feel like it would be cool to have it on wp
  • Do you still get the discount if you own the disc version on 360 or is it only for those who have digital download?
  • Digital only.
  • Thanks.
  • How do they tell if you own Minecraft on Xbox 360? Does it just look at your Gamerscore history? Because then anyone who has rented the game or sold their copy will get it.
  • Purchase history for digital and i imagine something to do with your gamertag connecting to a server for the disc version.
  • These type of games I get digital and not disc. :) Anyways, I'm happy one of the biggest titles ever is coming to the Xbox One soon!
  • one thing that hasnt been answered to me was when you upgrade from the xbox 360 version is if you keep it or you lose your license on the 360 and transfers to xbox one
  • You pay $5 and then you would have both
  • You never lose a licence for a game, even one removed from the marketplace is still in you you purchase history for you to download,
  • My boys are going to love this, but my wife may not want it. Right now our Xbox one is more of an entertainment device and our xbox360 upstairs in the loft can have Minecraft on it all the time without it tying up the family.
  • My daughter is. Nice planning. Official release of the Xbox One in the Netherlands and Minecraft for Xbox One on the same day.
  • About time Lego inc creates their own online brick building universe with all their copyrights and unique pieces and bury this Minecraft once and for all.... If only to stop the millions of mind numbingly crap videos on YouTube and so I don't ever have to hear Minecraft uttered again.... One can dream. Probably a great game for kids but too many adults and pedos have infiltrated it. Time for something new
  • Your hatred have no apparent reason. You know you don't have to watch videos on YouTube right? I feel like it's important that you should know that, you can actually "choose" what you wanna watch.
  • Really? I had no idea thanks nightwatch. Hit a nerve did I? Isn't 43 a bit old to be playing online with kids? Take it easy
  • Why don't let people have fun? Also it would be smarter to cooperate with Mojang so they don't have to establish their own game and can use the already established "brand".
  • Well, I'm 24 actually but what would be wrong if I was 43? I don't like playing games let alone online games but I don't understand why people stigmatize relatively old people for playing games. Most games have better art and storytelling values than an average movie. Do you also think old people shouldn't watch movies or TV? Games are an interactive way of entertainment that really can cater to every age demographic. People need to get over it and accept this fact.
  • Ok. Relax. I just don't like Minecraft and have seen bullying and such on it that's all. Seems your rather invested in it. I didn't give it that much thought. And I'm 84 years old and drift my wheelchair like a boss. Chill nightwatch ppl have the right to like and dislike anything they want. 930ftw
  • Awesome!
  • Did he just call Blu-ray an 'old fashioned disc'? o_O I mean sure, Microsoft are laughably late to the party after how long the PS3 supported them, but still.
  • Look! http://wmpoweruser.com/more-beautiful-pictures-of-the-nokia-lumia-830-co...
  • Why do people post random off-topic comments in the front page articles of WPCentral? 
  • I am excited and will pick it up. But, with all the new features of the 1.8 update released today for the PC version, I will probably feel a bit disappointed in the X1 version...
  • I have no idea why everyone call it "a game".
  • Why not?
  • Finally!
  • LOL yay taught all those smug Sony fan boys a lesson! So many people have used the illogical argument "our system is better because we get mine craft first". Oh how I can't wait to remind them of their contents
  • Egging on supporters of the other console is no better than them coming here and starting arguments with us.
  • Oh my god I can't wait! This'll be a good reward for a hard week's work!
  • My 7 year old will probably pee his pants when he hears about this.
  • Not interested untill its free
  • People still play Minecraft!?
  • Great now ill never get my XboxOne away from my 7yo son
  • My kids keep asking for this to be released on the phone and/or Windows 8, the Surface.
  • God no xb1 xbl so far has enough issues let alone ddos attacks from rabbid minecraft players
  • I am considering picking this up at the discount price, but I'm not sure how much I will actually play it.
  • Whooooo!
  • Demo?
  • I know it will never happen but wouldn't it be cool if Microsoft/third party developers did this with all of the games being ported from the 360 (Grand Theft Auto V, State of Decay, etc.).