Minecraft PC vs. Minecraft Xbox 360

Hello everyone, today I will be stacking up the differences between the computer and Xbox 360 versions of Minecraft. Minecraft is no new game, it first came out in 2010; now in 2012 it has been ported over to the Xbox 360. Since the release onto Xbox live, Minecraft has become the most downloaded game on Xbox live. I am sure you are wanting to know what the differences between the PC and Xbox version are. Note there has been a lot of changes since this post was written. If you want to see the new updates of both versions click here.

Minecraft on Computer

Let us begin with the PC version. You can easily get onto the internet and download a free copy (torrent) of the game to you computer. Or you can purchase a copy from Minecraft.net for only $27. So you can easily get started in your Minecraft world to build whatever your heart desires. You will also have two choices of worlds, creative, survival, and hardcore. With the computer version there is no help with how to craft items, so you will have to look up the Minecraft wiki so you can remember how to make new items like doors, fences, mine carts, etc. Or even to learn how to get started. This is one downfall, but truthfully after awhile you will learn what you need to do to survive the game. A huge online community exists so if you want to learn how to build cool contraptions with pistons or other stuff you can defiantly find it on the web. You even see a few videos of people playing on the Xbox version. One thing that the PC version has that the Xbox version does not is, enchanting. You can enchant your weapons and armor with powers. Armor can have protection or fire resistance will tools can have smite or unbreaking. If you are the kind of person that likes a little more, there are many people out there that have posted mods of Minecraft. The mods may include flying, too many items, cars, sailboats, planes, etc. Also online there are tons of different texture packs for download. With texture packs you can change the look of your whole world. Blocks will look different as well as armor and tools. I once had a Halo, Star Wars, and HD texture packs. The controls for the computer are really simple and fully customizable so you can play however you feel comfortable. With a mouse and keyboard managing inventory is quick and easy. If you purchased a copy of Minecraft for PC you can also change the look of your character by uploading a new skin to your account. My Steve character looks like Samus from Metriod and I have many others as well. If you get bored playing alone and want to play online with your friends, you will have to know how to get into your network settings. If you know how to do that it is fairly simple but the friends that you want to play online with you have to have a Minecraft account and purchase copy as well for them to get into your server.Minecraft is truly better with more players working toward the same goal.

Did you know that Minecraft on PC actually has a story?

*Note there is no “story” or goal in the Xbox version like there is on PC, yet*Minecraft story has you begin the game with nothing. Your final goal is to go to The End and fight a dragon. But before you can do that you will have to search long and hard for everything you will need from the overworld and nether. The End dragon is not easy to defeat. So in other words, the PC Minecraft version has some depth and purpose to everything in the game.

Minecraft on Xbox 360

Minecraft just released March 22nd, 2012 onto Xbox Live Arcade. There is a trial version for download on Xbox Live Marketplace but if you want the game you will have to purchase Mircosoft points. It takes 1600 points to download the game which is $19.99. At that price I am not going to complain because it is cheaper for this game than purchasing an account on Minecraft.net. Once downloaded you can begin playing. You will notice that Minecraft on Xbox if highly focused around co-op. You can make your work an online world where anyone/friends on Xbox Live can join in at any time to help you out in your world; or you can play locally with up to 4 friends in slit screen. The controls did take some getting used to and with only 3 choices of controls you are limited with what you want your buttons to be. The crafting in the Xbox version has been drastically simplified. You can quickly and easily craft whatever you need to build or mine with. But it often glitches, you can have the items in your inventory to craft the items you need, but it won’t let you. Also only one person in a world can use a crafting block at a time. So far I have found out quite a few things that are different with the PC and Xbox version.

Things I found different with the Xbox version:

  • So far I haven’t seen if the Minecraft “story” is also in the Xbox version
  • You can not craft some blocks like the decorative stone block
  • You can domesticate dogs and cats but you can’t breed animals like pigs, cows, and chickens
  • Chickens only give you feathers, no meat
  • Food is not stackable
  • Food is only for regenerating health that is lost, no exhaustion meter
  • Creepers really creep in Xbox 360, they don’t hiss when they get close

These are just a few things that I found different from the two titles. The PC version is surely more in depth. But if you want to easily play Minecraft with your friends over the internet or on the same TV the Xbox version is best. Or if you like to mod your copy and have a want a more refined version of minecraft then check out the PC.

Due to the quick popularity of this article over the short time it has been up I thought I should expand on some the negatives of both Minecraft versions and some pro comments about Minecraft in both titles.

NOTE: I know there are some typos in the chart above. Also There has been updates to the Minecraft for Xbox since I have last revised this post. Pistons and improved redstone circuits have been updated to the Xbox version. With each update, Minecraft on Xbox 360 will only get better.

The latest Xbox 360 Minecraft update included:


- Added Pistons & Sticky Pistons.
– Added Stackable fences.
– Added Shears – required to get wool from sheep, and to collect leaf blocks.
– TNT needs Flint and Steel or Redstone to detonate.
– Redstone wire will now connect to a repeater.
– New textures for Cobblestone and Brick.
– Added Character Skin Selector to allow players to choose their skin from the default skins, or from Downloadable Content skin packs.
– Added lighting improvements (brought forward from 1.8.2 update) and snow & rain improvements.
– Added a save file cache to improve the speed of displaying the saves list.
– Added ban list functionality to allow players to self-ban from levels they feel contain offensive content.
– Added a ban list section to the How To Play menus.
– Added an option for the host to limit online games to only players in their friends list (no friends of friends).
– Added a seed display to the level load screen (requires existing levels to be saved out again to add the display).
– Changed the tooltip display setting to in-game tooltip display, so that tooltips always display in menus.
– Added the crosshair to the list of things affected by the opacity slider.
– On using the quickselect bar, the opacity of the quickselect, tooltips, splitscreen gamertag display, and crosshair will be set to 80,
and will fade back down to the user opacity setting after 6 seconds of no quickselect bar use.
– Added some more Tips & Trivia to the loading/saving screen display.
Tutorial World changes & additions:-

- Added optional tutorial for Pistons and Redstone.
– Added a self-building bridge to the castle using Pistons.
– Added some sugar cane, cactii and clay to the world.
– Added a few other things for players to discover.


- Fix for only the host being shown the pop-up when any player attempts to place lava near the spawn point.
– Fixed tooltip for Flint and Steel.
– Fix for Note blocks not showing notes.
– Fix for Leaderboard reads taking too long.
– Fix to block players re-entering a level they have been kicked from, until the level is restarted.
– Fix to stop players being able to join a game when they are not a friend of any player in the game.
– Fix for Netherracks re-appearing after being mined.
– Fix for a rare crash on entering the Nether.
– Fix for attacking enemies at a different level not damaging them.
– Fixed a problem causing some save games not to load.
– Removed Herobrine

Subnote: there has been a lot of changes since this post was written. If you want to see the new updates of both versions click here.

I hope that you found this article pleasing and informative I hope you come back to see more posts. Until next time game on…

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~ by rjslick88 on May 31, 2012.


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