Minecraft 360 Title Update 9


There Goes My Life…Again

by Karam Elahi.

PC Minecraft gamers have been mining for years, while Xbox owners were pining for years. Finally (a little less than a year ago on May 9th, 2012), Minecraft for Xbox Arcade was released to the world, and oh how it was received! Creeper effigies were burned in the Middle East, fireworks blazed over Stone Mountain in the Dirty South, all the McDonalds around the world were hit by the late-night-sesh-cheeseburger hording masses, and Carlos Mencia finally had an original joke.

Okay, none of that happened (except the McDonalds invasion of 2012….oh the bodies…*shiver*). But seriously, Xbox gamers did rejoice, and Minecraft became the top arcade download for months. Sure our world size was slightly decreased to a fraction of the original PC version’s world size, which is pretty much infinite, and we were quite a few updates behind the PC version, but still. Short of Pinhead coming out of the game and saying “We have such sights to show you…”, I was already thoroughly entranced by the game. I mean, I had a whole WORLD to myself.


Do not be fooled. This is a drug.

Then Mojang kept sending out the updates and we slowly and surely started to come within stride of the PC version. Bajillions of great features were added in each title update (though some not so cool: eating? EATING?…sheesh).

And today came, arguably, the most important update of all: Title Update 9. What does it add? Chomp your grill on the juicy features below. Really though, who needs real life when you have Minecraft?


Title Update 9:

  • The End
    • Will be different from the computer version.
    • Ender Dragon
      • Ender Dragon breathes ‘Ender acid’ (Xbox Exclusive).
    • Exit portal spawns when you enter The End but is only activated when the Ender Dragon is killed.
    • Ender Crystals
  • Spawn eggs (stackable to 16).
  • X on maps to show location of the End Portal when someone is in the End.
  • Sheep can now re-grow their wool by eating grass.
  • Re-added beaches.
  • Bowls now stackable up to 64.
  • Added new music for The End and The Nether from C418
  • Blacksmith buildings in Villages now hold chests with loot of the same type as found in Strongholds.
  • Added smoother color transitions between biomes.
  • Fence Gates can now be opened and closed with Redstone.
  • Changed Nether Fortress to make Nether Wart rooms more likely.
  • Made Nether Wart spawn randomly wherever Soul Sand is generated in the Nether.
  • Allow players to block with a sword when the ‘Can Build And Mine’ option is unchecked by the host.
  • Moved six of the twelve music disc quests in the Tutorial World
  • Changed the Tutorial world to add climbable Vines, and some of the new items, and removed/reduced the items in the Brewing, Farming and Breeding chests.
  • Don’t show the achievements warning when loading a creative map that has already been saved in creative mode.
  • Reduced the volume of the Ghast sound effects.
  • Increased the distance jukeboxes can be heard from.
  • Improved lighting code performance.
  • Improved the loading/saving time.
  • Changed the display order in the Minecraft Store to show newest DLC first.
  • Added How To Play for The End and Farming Animals.
  • Added HUD size options for both splitscreen and full screen modes.
  • Added Reset Nether option to force regeneration of The Nether. This is helpful for older saves that didn’t have a Nether Fortress.
  • Added a toggle for Death Messages.
  • Added a toggle to hide or display the animated character in the User Interface.
  • Allow individual splitscreen users to have their own settings for HUD.
  • 1.2.1 Feature: Vines can now be climbed to ascend and descend
  • 1.2.1 Feature: Fire charge.
  • 1.2.1 Feature: Made Dispenser dispense mobs from Spawn Eggs, rather than the egg itself.
  • 1.2.1 Feature: Slab recipes give 6 slabs.
  • 1.2.4 Feature: Birch and Spruce wood planks, slabs and stairs.
  • 1.3.1 Feature: Buckets now stackable up to 16.
  • 1.3.1 Feature: Sandstone stairs.
  • 1.3.1 Feature: Signs are now stackable to 16.
  • 1.3.1 Feature: Sign recipe gives 3 Signs.
  • 1.3.1 Feature: Dispensers will now place the liquid in buckets.
  • 1.3.1 Feature: Changed Gravel texture.
  • 1.3.1 Feature: Nether Wart will now grow in the Overworld.
  • 1.4.2 Feature: Wooden Button
  • 1.4.2 Feature: Item frames.
  • 1.4.2 Feature: Stone Button now requires one block of stone instead of two.
  • 1.4.2 Feature: Trapdoors can be placed on half slabs and stairs
  • 1.4.6 Feature: Nether Brick slabs.
  • 1.5 Feature: Nether Bricks can be made by smelting Netherrack
Bug fixes:
  • Fixed fireballs causing a freeze while entering the Nether.
  • Fixed crash with Ender Pearls.
  • Fix for Cave Spider size.
  • Fixed Experience Orb pickup sound not having pitch variance.
  • Fixed a crash when attaching Glowstone to Pistons.
  • Fixed a render update problem on the end of world chunks.
  • Stop the player animation for eating happening in the Change Skin menu


*taken from http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Xbox_360_Edition_version_history