After rumors began swirling over the past few weeks, Microsoft announced on Monday that it had officially acquired Minecraft and Mojang, the development team behind the game, for $2.5 billion. Minecraft has become a staple of console, PC and portable gaming in the years since its original release with over 100 million downloads on PC alone. More →
Minecraft players have taken a huge step towards building a functional computer inside the game by creating a critical computer component: A hard drive that can actually store data. In fact CNET reports that two such hard drives have already been created by two distinct players, including one that can store 1KB of data and a slightly bigger one that can store 4KB of data. More →
The indie game phenomenon is finally making its way to the next generation. Mojang announced on its blog on Thursday that Minecraft will be coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PS Vita in August for $19.99, rounding out the last electronic devices on the planet that weren’t able to play the game that’s solid nearly 50 million copies since its alpha release in 2009. More →
Minecraft fans who play the game on an Xbox 360 or PS3 console will be able to safely upgrade to the Xbox One or PS4 without losing any progress of their games. While the Xbox 360 and PS3 game versions won’t be compatible with the new machines, the game saves will be transferable to Microsoft’s and Sony’s last-gen consoles. More →
Not a lot of people are happy about Facebook’s acquisition of the Oculus Rift, but Notch might be the most upset of us all. In a blog post Tuesday night after the news broke, Markus “Notch” Persson, the creator of Minecraft and founder of Mojang, announced the cancellation of his team’s efforts to bring Minecraft to the Oculus Rift.
Minecraft, the popular sandbox construction game that has taken the world by storm, is now available for the similarly popular Raspberry Pi computer. Mojang, the company behind the hit game, announced on Monday that Minecraft: Pi Edition is available for free on the credit card-sized device. The game supports the same creative gameplay, although it doesn’t support the survival mode that mobile and desktop users have come to know. On the other hand, it also grants users the unique ability to edit the game’s code at a base level and allows them to manipulate the game to their liking. More →
Big-budget games such as Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II might brag about how they rule the Xbox 360 in terms of sales, but indie games can also compete – if they’re addictive enough and offer enough value. Take Minecraft, an indie game developed by Markus “Notch” Persson’s company Mojang. According to Mojang, Minecraft, an indie game originally made for PC and ported to the Xbox 360 seven months ago has sold 4,476,904 copies as of the end of November with 40,000 to 60,000 copies sold every week. Minecraft is an anomaly because it doesn’t boast high-definition graphics that ooze of detailed lighting effects and didn’t cost millions of dollars to make, and yet it is the third-most played game on Xbox LIVE. More →
Have you ever played Minecraft for so long that you start seeing the outside world as a series of blocks that can be manipulated at will to create all sorts of fantastic constructions? Well, the folks at 13th Lab are trying to give us the next best thing with a new augmented reality app that lets users see what our Minecraft creations would look like if they existed in the real world. The new Minecraft Reality app, now on sale for $1.99 in Apple’s (AAPL) App Store, “maps and tracks the world around you using the camera, and allows you to place Minecraft worlds in reality, and even save them in a specific location for others to look at.” A video demonstration of the app is posted below. More →