Microsoft Does The Right Thing, Offers Full Refunds To Select Minecraft Gamers

Minecraft on Xbox 360 is a lot of fun, and has sold incredibly well. One of the coolest things about the game is that players can enjoy crafting alongside their friends via local split-screen multiplayer.

Unfortunately, as it turned out, you could only do that if you had an HDTV with an HDMI input -- standard-definition gamers were unable to take advantage of one of the game's best features.

The HD requirement wasn't listed in on the game's Xbox marketplace page, leading many gamers to buy the game hoping to play with their friends, only to find that they were unable to. Some got refunds, but others did not.

A Microsoft Spokesperson has notified Kotaku that the store-page for the game has been updated, and that Microsoft is planning to offer a full refund to anyone who purchased the game prior to the page's update.

We updated our pre-sale notification to inform customers that an HD screen is required for the split-screen multiplayer feature on 'Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.' If a player does not have an HD screen and purchased this game prior to the notification update, they are eligible for a full refund through customer support.

Indeed, checking the Xbox Live product page reveals an updated description ending with the notification that "To experience split-screen functionality a high-definition television is required."

Good on ya, Microsoft.


    People still have SD tv's?

      We do in my share house, though I personally have a LCD.

      I still use them, only if I am playing a game that requires an AV cord.

      I do. Too busy buying games to buy a pretty TV for it. Though only my 360 is a HDTV console. 4 of my other consoles are SD, and my Atari 2600 prob wouldn't even connect to a HDTV since analog antennas are obsolete.

    kinda glad i got my new TV before buying minecraft, but good on microsoft for doing full refunds.

    *stands triumphant over trolls*
    Good on Microsoft, this is exactly what should have happened.

    Exactly like I said. *smirk*

    I'm waiting for DotW but for those who play and love Minecraft why would split screen MP missing cause you to want a refund? Sounds more like an excuse to get a free game - or return it after scoring what appears to be a fairly easy 400 GS.

      I got the impression a lot of people with MineCraft on PC bought the xbox so they could play socially.

    Does it specifically require HDMI, or are component and VGA okay too? Because alot of Xboxes don't even *have* HDMI ports.

      I'd say it's probably just a generalisation.
      It would check the resolution, not the cable. At least I hope it would.

      Fairly sure previous stories mentioned that it just had to be running in 720p mode or something.

    Isn't it nice of them to finally acknowledge consumer's legal rights.

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