Since it’s release, Minecraft has done exceptionally well, beating the XBLA sales record just after Trials HD did, hit a few million sales in the time it took some games just to reach 1 million. There is no doubt that Minecraft is very, very popular.
So why are refunds being given to SDtv owners? It’s all because of some misleading or missing information on the description of the XBLA port. Minecraft supports local split-screen multiplayer as we all know. But what some of you may not know is that the split-screen function actually requires a HDTV. The one stipulation that wasn’t mentioned at all in the description! Of course, as you would expect, fans weren’t best pleased and shouted like they haven’t shouted before.
Microsoft are now trying a couple of things to get everyone back on their side. (See their full statement below). You can now get a refund for the game if you contact the publisher through customer support and secondly they have finally changed the description for the game itself. It now states that you will need an HDtv to play split-screen on Minecraft.
“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.”
I have looked into this more and you need to make sure that your TV is set to at least 720p and connected through either a HDMI cable or an HD component cable. As long as you have one of these 2 cables and your TV is set the correct resolution you should have no problem playing split-screen.
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