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Microsoft has now officially unveiled its Xbox Live support for games on iOS and Android devices, something first mooted around a month ago.
But there's no news today - or, it seems, on the near horizon - for Xbox Live support on Nintendo Switch.
As teased in early February, Microsoft is developing Xbox Live integration for mobile and tablet platforms which will allow games to include all the typical Xbox features.
A YouTube channel that made malicious copyright strikes in an attempt to extort content creators has had its channel deleted.
That's it for Minecraft updates on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Vita and Wii U. The final update - the Nightmare Before Christmas Mash-Up pack - has been released.
It's the end of an era, particularly for the Xbox 360 version, which was the first console version of Minecraft to appear, way back in May 2012 (PlayStation 3 got Minecraft in December 2013, PS Vita in October 2014, and Wii U in December 2015).
There have been more than 21 million Xbox 360 Minecraft players since then, developer 4J Studios said on Twitter, and 73 Title Updates. And now, of course, Xbox-maker Microsoft owns Minecraft, having splashed $2.5 billion on the deal in autumn 2014.
If you haven't played Minecraft for some time, you may soon fancy dipping a toe in again, as the latest phase of the Update Aquatic is bringing a raft of new features to the game.
Phase two is now available for players on Windows 10, VR, mobile devices, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. The new release expands on phase one of the update, which itself brought a bunch of new additions; including nine ocean biomes, coral reefs, shipwrecks and some (very enticing) treasure chests.
So, what's new in phase two?
Minecraft's long-awaited Update Aquatic has finally surfaced, and is now available on Xbox One, Windows 10, Gear VR and Oculus, mixed reality devices, and mobile.
Update Aquatic, as its name suggests, is designed to add more life to Minecraft's oceans. It's a major update too - so big, in fact, that developer Mojang has elected to release it in two parts. The first is out now, while phase two is "coming soon".
Once the new patch is installed, Minecraft players on supported platforms will be able to enjoy a wide selection of new fish and other water-dwelling creatures, including salmon, cod, pufferfish, tropical fish, and dolphins - the latter of which will follow boats across the ocean.
Update Aquatic, the next big content drop for Minecraft, will be the last to arrive on older console platforms.
After this, Microsoft will no longer update the game's Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, or those on PlayStation Vita or Wii U.
The update will not arrive at all for those still playing the specific Xbox One and Nintendo Switch edition of the game - you'll have to switch over to the Bedrock version of Minecraft for these platforms instead. (The Switch version of the Bedrock edition still lacks a release date.)
Mojang has announced that this year's MineCon Earth will take place on September 29th.
Minecraft now has the option for you to test "experimental features" within the game's main client.
As part of MineCon Earth 2017 this weekend, Minecraft fans will have the opportunity to vote for one of four brand-new mobs, with the most popular creature making it into the game.
When Microsoft announced Minecraft's Better Together update, fans cheered. Minecraft feels built for cross-network play. It's the world's biggest family game, an experience designed with collaborative play in mind, and now truly open to everyone regardless of device (except PlayStation).
At least, that's how it seemed. Sadly, the edition which has arrived on console is not quite what fans had envisioned.
Microsoft never did a great job of communicating the fact its Better Together Update is not actually an update for console owners. It's a completely different game - one which is almost identical to Minecraft's previous Pocket Edition for mobiles.
Minecraft's big new cross-platform version is available right now on Windows 10 PC, Xbox One, iPhone and iPad, Android, and for VR devices.
It is a huge moment in the history of the game - and of gaming in general - although the Nintendo Switch version is lagging behind.
"We're working really hard with our partners at Nintendo to accomplish cross-device connectivity that is yet unprecedented in the history of gaming. This is very exciting work, but introduces lots of complexities to the development process," Minecraft's big cross-platform Q&A now explains.
Minecraft convention MineCon won't be held in a publicly attended physical location this year. Instead, it will be beamed into our hearts and minds via the magic of livestreaming.
Microsoft recently released a big new update for Minecraft that marked the beginning of cross-platform play, and alongside the update updated its safety features for playing the game online.
Minecraft's various console versions just got a big new update, adding in new animals, structures, blocks, villagers, items and Achievements/Trophies.
Going by the latest post on Minecraft's official blog, it sounds like the game's last major update on consoles before the game-changing Better Together Update lands later this summer. That's the update which will unify Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile, VR and Windows 10 editions of the game into a single entity where everyone can play together. It's also the update which PlayStation has opted out of.
As expected, however, "platforms which won't support the Better Together Update will continue getting updates even after it lands," Minecraft's Marsh Davies reassured.
Sony has defended its decision to block cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One after coming under fire from gamers this week.
Microsoft has announced a new storefront for selected user-made Minecraft content on mobile and Windows 10, which will go live alongside the game's 1.1 Discovery update this spring.
Do you remember your first adventures in Minecraft? I do. I was mostly confused. For much of its history, Minecraft hasn't done much to help you understand how to play it, how to craft things, what these crafted things do, and why you'd want them. It doesn't tell you about the alternate dimensions that you can visit, or about how you get to them. It doesn't tell you why should should play or what you're aiming for.
Minecraft continues to be an astonishing success - the sandbox game king has now sold more than 121m copies across all platforms.
What happens when you go up against Minecraft? What happens when you dare suggest gaming's golden child not belong in the classroom, then call it "a gimmick", then say "we need to drain the swamp of gimmicks"? It does not involve being sent nice flowers I'll tell you that.
Horror author Max Brooks is writing an official Minecraft novel.
Minecraft's next console update will get bears, beets and... banners.
The Minecraft movie officially has a release date... in 2019.
24th May to be exact. That's straight from the horse's mouth of Minecraft developer Mojang.
"Yes, that might seem like a long time away, but it just so happens to be the right amount of time to make it completely awesome," said Mojang COO Vu Bui. "And we all want an awesome Minecraft movie, right?"
It is, simply, a phenomenon: Minecraft has now sold more than 100m copies worldwide across PC, console and mobile platforms.
The game is owned in every country and territory on the planet - even Antarctica (it's probably David Attenborough) - and in 2016 more than 53,000 copies have been bought every day.
Creator Mojang released an infographic showcasing some statistics. In Europe, for example, the mobile version of Minecraft is most popular but only by the smallest of margins. The mobile version accounts for 36 per cent of sales whereas the console versions account for 35 per cent. The longer-serving PC version accounts for 29 per cent.
Minecraft developer Mojang is cracking down on the sorts of creations people erect in its procedurally-generated sandbox. The gist is that people can still make whatever they want, unless it's specifically to promote an unrelated product. That's now against the user guidelines.
Lego's top-selling Minecraft range will get a big new addition in June with the arrival of an enormous £169.99 set named The Village.
UPDATE 08/01/2016 1.40pm: Minecraft: Pocket Edition 2 has been removed from the App Store for obvious reasons.
UPDATE 17/11/15 10.45am: PEGI has quietly removed its listing for the unannounced Minecraft: Wii U Edition.
Mojang has released an update to Minecraft that lets Windows 10 and Pocket Edition players play together.
Patch 0.12.1 lets Windows 10 Edition Beta players play with those who play Minecraft on a phone or tablet.
"One of our long-term goals for Minecraft is to bring our community closer, and give as many players as possible a chance to play together," Mojang said. "This is a small step towards that goal."
Northern Ireland's government, in an attempt to simultaneously seem hip and educational, has recreated its region in Minecraft.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator and star Rob McElhenney will be directing the Minecraft movie, Mojang has announced.
Mojang has announced Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, which will launch in beta form alongside Microsoft's new operating system on 29th July.
It will be free to download if you already own Minecraft on PC, or $10 (about £6.40) if you don't.
This edition is separate to the existing PC build and will offer online and local multiplayer with anyone playing on Minecraft: Pocket Edition (that's the version available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone).
Minecraft is going to get a HoloLens edition.
Minecraft now includes a range of default female avatar options on PlayStation 3, 4, Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Turkey's Family and Social Policies Ministry is seeking a ban on Minecraft.
MineCon, the Minecraft convention, is set for a 4th-5th July showing at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Conference Centre, Mojang has announced.
Mojang and its new owner Microsoft have launched Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows Phone devices.
The handheld version costs £4.99 in the UK.
Mojang first announced a Windows Phone version of its smash-hit sandbox game back in October - after Microsoft's $2.5bn purchase of both the game and studio.
Beano comic star Dennis the Menace now has his own Minecraft mod.
Microsoft has released the first of several new Star Wars skin packs, which will only launch for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
55 player skins are included in the Star Wars Classic Skin Pack DLC, including Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca.
Dozens of lesser known characters also make an appearance, from Greedo to Governer Tarkin via Bib Fortuna and Admiral Ackbar (but no Wedge?!).
Warner Bros. is in talks with Night at the Museum director and producer Shawn Levy to helm its upcoming Minecraft movie, Deadline has reported.
The mobile-friendly Minecraft: Pocket Edition is finally headed to Windows Phones, Mojang has confirmed.
Don't blink - Minecraft's new Doctor Who-themed pack is now available to download on Xbox 360, priced £1.99.
A new trailer for the DLC confirms that the pack is also coming to Xbox One, although the content is not yet live on the console's store.
Included in the download are skins for Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor, current companion Clara, plus previous Tardis team Amy, Rory and Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith.
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition is getting a disc release on 18th November, where it will retail for $19.99 (about £13).
Now Xbox maker Microsoft owns the phenomenally successful block-placing sandbox Minecraft, what will happen to the game on PlayStation platforms?
Microsoft has bought Mojang and Minecraft in a deal worth an incredible $2.5bn, it's announced.
UPDATE 10/9/14 9.55am: Minecraft creator Markkus "Notch" Persson instigated talks with Microsoft to sell developer Mojang, a new source has claimed, and will leave the company for good when the deal is complete.
Amazon Fire TV, the company's media streaming box for your telly, is now available to buy in the UK for £79.
Minecraft's Xbox 360 Edition will soon play host to a range of Doctor Who characters.
A visually-accurate version of Great Britain's geology has been recreated within Minecraft.
Lego's new range of officially-licensed Minecraft sets have been spotted online.
Minecraft's console editions for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have now sold more copies than the game's original PC and Mac version.
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has hit back at fans who branded developer Mojang "literally worse than EA" after the studio's recent update to its Minecraft end-user agreement.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Minecraft maker Markus "Notch" Persson talked about how he has a 10-year plan for his staff if he doesn't come up with an idea for a successor to the all-conquering Minecraft.
UPDATE 13.15PM: Mojang has now confirmed the physical version of Minecraft: PS3 Edition and teased the game's box art for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.
More than 1.5 million copies of the PS3 Edition have been downloaded so far, the EU PlayStation blog reports.
We've known that the game will come to both PS4 and PS Vita for some time, but the existence of box art suggests that both of these platforms will see the game as a physical release, too.
Last night's North American episode of The Simpsons featured a new opening credits sequence inspired by Minecraft.
The Xbox 360 version of Minecraft has now sold an astonishing 12m copies.
Microsoft announced the new milestone today, along with word of another new mod pack for the game - the Candy Texture Pack, due to launch 18th April.
"I remember when we started talking about sales numbers that we would be super happy to sell 1m copies," Mojang's Daniel Kaplan said. "That would have put us on par with BF 1943 and Castle Crashers, which both are awesome games, so that was something to aim for.
Amazon has at last announced Amazon Fire TV, its set-top box for streaming media content and games - including a version of Minecraft.
Minecraft maker Mojang raked in over 2 billion Swedish kronor (£197m) in 2013, the company has revealed.
A film version of Minecraft is in development at Warner Bros., a new report has revealed.
A talented Minecraft fan is re-creating the entire world of Oscar-winning Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away.
App store scammers are selling a modified version of Minecraft: Pocket Edition that will hack your phone and send messages to premium-rate numbers.
Minecraft: The Story of Mojang - the feature length documentary about the paradigm-shifting indie sandbox title - is now viewable, in its entirety, ad-free, on YouTube.
UPDATE: Eurogamer's Ian Higton has been exploring the Ordnance Survey map for himself - watch his travels below as he takes in Stonehenge, London, Oxford and mispronounces everything around Eurogamer's home city of Brighton.
Tickets to Minecon 2013, this year's biggest gathering of Minecraft fans, will go on sale tonight, developer Mojang has announced.
Putt-Putt, the entity behind the chain of miniature golf courses so prevalent that its name has practically become synonymous with the hobby, is threatening to sue Minecraft developer Mojang over user-generated levels that allegedly infringe upon the "Putt-Putt" name.
Traditional MMOs have gone out of fashion lately. It used to be that every gaming brand had exciting untapped MMO potential and every publisher wanted an MMO in its stable, but the gold rush inspired by World of Warcraft yielded little precious metal, and a lot of publishers got burned in the process - especially Electronic Arts with Star Wars: The Old Republic - while the term "MMO" has become taboo when discussing a new breed of games that includes The Division and Destiny, even though in many respects they are both massively multiplayer and online.
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.
There's a Minecraft subscription service on the cards.
Good news for PlayStation fans: there's a chance Minecraft could come to Sony consoles.
In 2012, Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson earned $101 million (~£64 million).
Maker Mojang is overwhelmed by the success of Minecraft. Remember that Mojang is a just small Swedish developer that was founded by Markus "Notch" Persson when Minecraft exploded. Then learn that Mojang earned a reported $240 million (£152 million) in 2012.
Holy Moly! King's Landing - the main city in George RR Martin's realm of Westeros (A Song of Ice and Fire, AKA A Game of Thrones) - has been recreated in Minecraft.
Runt of the litter no longer - the Xbox Live Arcade version of Minecraft sold more copies than the PC edition in 2012.
Remember the flashy-pants Kickstarted Minecraft documentary that followed Notch for a year as he founded Mojang and meteorically shot to fame in 2011? It's done, it's finished and there's a free screening on Xbox Live this weekend.
Minecraft on Raspberry Pi: the dream has come true. And it will be free.
Imagine being eight years old today. You pack your bag, hop on a bus, act like your crush has cooties and go through lessons on history, English, maths, science, and... Minecraft?
What happens when humans are forced to compete for resources? How does a group of strangers interact when trapped in a confined area? And, with limited knowledge of their fellow competitors' intentions, how long does it take before paranoia kicks in?
Mobile gaming now offers pocket-sized versions of Grand Theft Auto 3 and Minecraft, but the barrier for many remains a lack of decent analogue controls.
This year's MineCon Minecraft convention will be held at Disneyland Paris, the game's maker, Mojang, has revealed.
2K Games boss Christoph Hartmann has gone and said something controversial. He's declared that only when games approach photorealistic graphics will they be able to broaden their genre-horizon and properly do nuanced emotion like Brokeback Mountain - rather than the Mission Impossible experiences we get today.
The founder of Uniloc, the Luxembourg company suing Mojang over the Android version of Minecraft, has rejected the accusation that he is a "patent troll" and defended the practice of patenting software after receiving "disgusting" emails.
A company with a reputation for being a software patent troll is suing Minecraft maker Mojang over the Android version of the game.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has now broken the 3 million sales barrier on Xbox Live Arcade.
Creator Markus "Notch" Persson confirmed the new total on Twitter this morning.
How much money has the conversion made? Minecraft on XBLA costs 1600 Microsoft Points (about £13.60). Three million sales therefore equates to a stunning £40.8 million of revenue. And Microsoft will pocket around £12m of this, based on the company's usual 30 per cent rate.
Enterprising Minecraft: Xbox 360 gamers have constructed an impressive version of Manchester United home ground Old Trafford.
Minecraft has now surpassed nine million sales across all versions of the game.
Minecraft's PC, Android, iOS and Xbox Live Arcade editions have collectively sold 9.2 million copies, Mojang's business developer Daniel Kaplan wrote on Twitter.
Sales of the creative cube-based sandbox today hit six million for the PC version alone, creator Markus "Notch" Persson revealed.
An array of Minecraft-themed alcohol shots have been created by Cornish gaming cafe Loading.
Indie phenomenon Minecraft has raked in $80 million in revenue since launch, according to a Financial Times report.
As detailed in financial filings from developer Mojang, its revenues for the 15 months since the game's October 2010 release now total 540m Swedish krona - around $80.8 million. Earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation sit at $13.5m.
That's not far behind fellow Scandinavians and Angry Birds developer Rovio, which reported revenues of $100m last year.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition has passed the one million paid downloads mimlestone on Android platforms, developer Mojang has announced.
A Tweet from Mojang business developer Daniel Kaplan, as picked up by The Verge, broke the news earlier today.
"Minecraft - Pocket Edition has now sold more than 1 million copies. Thanks all for the support and I hope you will like the coming updates!" he wrote.
Mojang has accused Minecraft clones of failing to do anything new - but confirmed it won't sue their makers.
Minecraft has launched on PC, Mac, Android and iOS, and it will launch on Xbox Live Arcade - but it will not launch on PS Vita.
Millionaire Markus "Notch" Persson doesn't think the "indie" moniker best describes his studio Mojang any more.
More than 20 million people have registered for block-based sandbox PC phenomenon Minecraft, creator Markus "Notch" Persson has announced.
Of the 20,121,024 Minecraft users (and counting), 4,667,176 people (at the time of writing) have bought the game.
Free users are limited to the outdated Minecraft Classic build. But those who pay get the game's survival mode, and can hunt animals and pick apples from trees.
Mojang is planning an extensive "reorganising" of Minecraft: Pocket Edition via a series of updates, following negative user feedback to a planned content update.
Indie megastar Markus "Notch" Persson is no longer the lead developer of the game he created, Minecraft.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition arrives on the App Store tomorrow morning.
Sony is rumoured to be preparing to buy out Ericsson from its joint mobile venture.
Pocket Edition out Thursday.
The creator of Minecraft clone FortressCraft has called out what he describes as the "Notch Defense Force", and inisted his game is nothing like the indie phenomenon.
Sony Ericsson believes the Xperia Play smartphone is powerful enough to hold its own in the near future - and poured cold water on calls for an Xperia Play 2.
PlayStation Portable games look set for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone.
Minecraft isn't sold on Steam because the digital distribution service "limits" in-game transactions, Markus "Notch" Persson has explained.
Xperia Play exclusive.
Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play phone has secured the timed (Android) exclusive to the Pocket Edition of Minecraft.