HD required for Minecraft 360 split-screen, Microsoft not issuing refunds

Friday, 11th May 2012 14:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

It seems that in order to take advantage of Minecraft’s split-screen capabilities on Xbox 360 for its split-screen capabilities, you will need to own a high-definition television. By now, most people have an HDTV of some sort, but some do not, and split-screen in Minecraft 360 will not work on older, non-HD televisions. Some players were not aware of this, as the listing on Xbox Live isn’t clear on the matter. However, upon booting the game up a message indicates you will need to play the game in HD mode in order to play split screen. Many players have asked Microsoft for their $20 back, but so far, Microsoft is refusing refunds so you may wish to consider this before purchasing. Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. mad1723

    Well, makes sense since there’s only so much pixels in an SDTV, I’m surprised we were even able to do it back in the Xbox/PS2 era… It was painful to read anything. I understand the technical reasons and the design decision. People would have complained anyway that they couldn’t read anything if they would have done it..

    #1 3 years ago
  2. The_Red

    Are there really people with Xbox 360 and Xboxlive who still have SD TVs!? Seriously?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. mad1723

    #2: Not everybody can afford a 360 and an HDTV. Some only get one as a one-time big Christmas gift and get to use only their old TV… That’s the way it works when you are not necessarily rich

    #3 3 years ago
  4. The_Red

    Having a 360 and an HDTV has nothing to do with being rich. HD TV prices are beyond low these days.
    Plus when you have the 360 AND the Xbox Live account with high-speed connection and the money to purchase a downloadable game, you probably have enough to buy a sub-300 HDTV or HDMonitor.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. mad1723

    Just to be clear: Not everyone’s priority is a console + HDTV, talking from experience here. When you have one, you don’t necessarily have the other. I was in that situation not so long ago, because you know that rent and food is not exactly cheap these days, and these will be way higher in a priority list over an HDTV. I’m out of this situation now, but not everyone can say the same. When you get a 360, you can’t necessarily afford the HDTV, even if it’s cheap by today standards…

    #5 3 years ago
  6. xxJPRACERxx

    What, there’s no demo of the game?

    #6 3 years ago
  7. monkeygourmet

    Yes there is a trial of the game people can test before they buy.

    You can always go to “Brighthouse” and get a TV and 360 on HP…

    Seriously though, i don’t know why people still without some form of HDTV or Moniter…

    HDTV’s are dirt cheap now. You can pick up a 27 inch moniter with HDMI or a 32 1080p cheapo set for about 200 quid at the most.

    If you can’t save up for that over a couple of months you really need to look for a new job…

    Gaming is not cheap, but now it certainly shouldn’t break the bank. A 2nd hand 360 and a load of triple AAA 2nd hand titles plus a 27 inch moniter could prob be found for around 300 quid.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. The_Red

    I understand that HDTV may be considered a luxury but seriously, are you telling me that there are people that can afford +$200 consoles, Xbox Live Gold account and Online game prices but don’t have enough for a cheap HDTV or monitor? I’m not talking about $800 to $2000 large size TVs. Some HD Displays cost as low as 2 or 3 games.

    If it was just a console and a 500-800 dollar TV, I’d agree with you but not in this case… and this is coming from someone with rather low income.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DarkElfa

    The problem isn’t that the TV’s are expensive, it’s that people are cheap.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Deacon

    If people weren’t aware of this, and it is not obviously stated on the listing, they should get a refund!

    The matter of who has and who hasn’t is irrelevant. Microsoft cannot assume that people do. Hence they should provide refunds in the cases where people have been let down.

    Basic fucking customer service fail.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    I think microsoft should made this clear, at least in the description of the game that HDTV was required, if they didnt do it, then they should refund the consumers that are affected by this, because in the end is their fault, not the consumers.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. The_Red

    @10 and @11
    The actual game works on SDTV. It’s only the split-screen mode that requires HDTV.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Hybridpsycho

    I’m guessing the reason why they don’t do refunds is cause they really have no way to make sure the people who want a refund actually don’t own a HDTV.

    I believe it’s a rather hard topic though. For example, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t say on game boxes today that you need more than 1 controller to actually play 2 players locally.
    However, it does say that to (for example) participate in multiplayer you must have internet access for an online game(it’s really hard to tell what actually needs to be said and what is just pure obvious as a customer).

    Personaly I just think it’s wierd that people don’t own HDTVs, I can understand it in a way. But the only reason I really see is either people being bad with money or just really cheap.

    #13 3 years ago
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    #14 3 years ago

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