The Xbox 360 version of sandbox smash-hit Minecraft will be released in physical form for the first time on 28th June, Microsoft has announced.

Boxed copies will come with a free 48-hour subscription to Xbox Live Gold, but will otherwise be exactly the same game as their downloadable brothers.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has been a phenomenal success since it launched on Xbox Live Arcade last year. It shifted more than five million copies in eight months - many more than the PC original in the same timeframe, and is to date the best-selling Xbox Live Arcade game ever.

In total, Minecraft sales across all platforms are somewhere above 19 million. Wow.

A version for Sony consoles is being considered for when Microsoft's console exclusivity deal runs out.

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