Minecraft XBLA owners with SDTV offered refund

When Minecraft launched on Xbox Live Arcade earlier this month, there was a brief-yet-audible cry that was let out by some fans. Apparently, a certain sub-section of them were only really interested in playing the game cooperatively. And an even smaller sub-section only wanted to play cooperatively on their SDTV.

It was those users who were furious at Microsoft for not informing them of the need for an HDTV before their purchase. As it turns out, Microsoft agrees. They should have informed customers. As such, they are offering purchasers a full refund through Xbox Live customer service.

"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," said Microsoft in a statement. "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."

Even if you don't have an HDTV and can't access split-screen, we'd still encourage you to take the game for a spin. Even after playing a considerable amount of the PC version, we still really enjoyed the Xbox 360 version.


  • secher_nbiw - May 21, 2012 10:20 p.m.

    It's nice to see that Microsoft isn't being block-headed about this issue.
  • Japanaman - May 21, 2012 9:12 p.m.

    I have 3 SDTVs, though I also have 3 HDTVs. Do I get a partial refund? Oh wait. I have to buy Minecraft. Never mind! (Off to go play Lego Creator)
  • PunballWizard - May 21, 2012 8:06 p.m.

    Where do I go for my refund?
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - May 21, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    That seems kinda dumb to me, at least they're offering a refund.
  • talleyXIV - May 21, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    I know I am going to sound snotty but it really surprises me that all gamers do not have an HDTV yet. The things have been out for over 5 years, take the leap and buy one already.
  • MCN2011 - May 22, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    Are you going to give me the money to do so?
  • birdro - May 21, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    That's nice of them offering a refund, though I honestly had no idea that SD didn't support co-op, so if I was in that group I'd definitely be wanting one. What's the reason it won't work, anyway? Does it need a seperate mode or something that wasn't designed, like a complete oversight?
  • JAZ9030 - May 21, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    I have an SDTV and I was sad when I couldn't play splitscreen with my sister, but minecraft is still fun to play. Also does it mean I get to keep the game plus get my microsoft points back. I doubt it.
  • 3ppo300 - May 21, 2012 4:46 p.m.

    it requires a higher resolution then is available on a sd screen

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