Minecraft is one of the most successful indie games to have ever been made. Microsoft bought Mojang – the studio behind Minecraft – back in 2014, and ever since then they have been busy building Minecraft for various Microsoft platforms.
Promoting the Xbox One S on the back of Minecraft makes sense – it sold quite well for the Xbox 360, and the Xbox One version comes with enough reasons to upgrade.
While the Minecraft world is procedural – it is not infinite – there is a limit to how far you can go in a straight line.
On the PC, this limit is pretty high – you can flatten 57 Earths and still have more room left. Yeah, pretty big.
On the Xbox 360 though, there is an artificial limit because of the hardware limitations. At 862 by 862 blocks – it is very small when compared to the PC.
The Xbox One version, however, offers a world 16 times larger than the Xbox 360 – which should give you enough room to build all of the wonders you can imagine.
Microsoft has packed an Xbox One S with 500 GB of storage and a copy of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition in the bundle. With the game, you also get over 230 character skins, 3 texture packs, and 7 mash-up packs. You are also able to transfer your Minecraft world from the Xbox 360 to Xbox One, so you won’t lose what you have built when you upgrade.
The bundle includes codes for two separate packs specifically – the Favorites Pack and the Builder’s Pack. The list below tells you what each pack comes with.
The Favorites Pack:
- Festive Mash-up Pack
- Halo Mash-up
- Fantasy Texture Pack
- Natural Texture Pack
- City Texture Pack
- Battle Beasts Skin Pack
- Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack
The Builder’s Pack:
- Biome Settlers Skin Pack
- Cartoon Texture Pack
- Candy Texture Pack
- Plastic Texture Pack
- Pattern Texture Pack
- Greek Mythology Mash-up
Along with all of this, you also get a download code for the Minecraft Windows 10 Edition – so you can play the game on your Windows 10 PC as well.
Availability & Pricing
The bundle is already available for purchase at select retailers in the U.S. and Canada, including at the Microsoft Store – both retail and online.
The Europe launch is on 11th October 2016, followed by Australia & New Zealand on November 1, 2016. A launch for Asia & Latin America is planned at some point – but there is no date just yet.
The bundle costs the usual 299$ or the regional equivalent and comes with 14 days of Xbox Live Gold trial membership as well.