If you purchased the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft and you own a standard definition television, you will not be able to play splitscreen multiplayer. This feature was one of the most heavily touted additions to the console port of Mojang’s block breaking classic (too early to call it a classic?).
We have good news for the slice of gamers affected by this problem: Microsoft is giving out refunds.
A rep from Microsoft responded to Game Informer regarding the decision to issue refunds:
“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.”
The bold text was my doing, not Microsoft’s.
What’s not so clear is the reason for requiring an HDTV for splitscreen play. I’m operating strictly under assumption here, but my best guess is that it comes down to resolution and in-game text. Managing multiple inventories for multiple players on an SDTV is practically impossible on a standard definition television. Why? Text and items become exceptionally tiny and hard to read.
It stinks for the crowd of users looking to play with friends on one television, but at least Microsoft is refunding those that didn’t know about this problem when heading in for the purchase.
[via Game Informer]