Xbox 360 'Minecraft' owners can get the game for $5 on Xbox One this Friday

"Minecraft" for Xbox One will be available for download this Friday, Microsoft announced today, and owners of the Xbox 360 version of the game will get a significant discount on the title.

For those who bought "Minecraft" on Xbox 360, the game will cost just $4.99 to download; for those who are buying it on an Xbox console for the first time, it will cost $19.99. The discount applies to Xbox 360 owners who purchased the game either as a physical copy at retail or as a digital copy via Xbox Live. Additionally, all content purchased for the Xbox 360 game will be free to re-download on Xbox One.

Microsoft's announcement notes that game worlds are "up to 36 times larger than on Xbox 360," and the game will run natively at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.

Friday's release will only be for the digital version of the game through the Xbox Store, however; Microsoft states that "select retailers will sell the full game Digital Download Code and the full game packaged disc will be on retail store shelves globally this holiday." Microsoft did not state if the retail version of the game will differ in any substantial way from the digital version.

The "Minecraft" price reduction follows a similar move Microsoft made for "Halo: Spartan Assault" on Xbox One. For that release, those who purchased the game on Windows or Windows Phone could buy it on Xbox One for $4.99 instead of the standard $14.99 price. It has yet to be announced whether the Xbox 360 game "State of Decay" will receive a similar price reduction when it arrives on Xbox One next year.

Source: Xbox Wire | Image via Microsoft

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InsaneNutter said,
I wonder about people who own the disc version of Minecraft, i imagine this is for digital downloads only.

No, it's for both -- see the second paragraph.

""Microsoft" will be available to download on Xbox One this Friday, and those who bought the Xbox 360 version can get it for just $4.00, while those who didn't get that version will pay $19.99." Hehehe

How nice, now you can still buy it for your new console instead of being provided a "free" upgraded version. Thank you Microsoft.

On another note, I don't have time to play my Xbox anymore ;(.

So judging by the sarcasm of your past you think Microsoft should offer a3 rd party game for free because you bought this 3 rd party game on a previous console? The fact that they are offering a discount for an upgrade sold by a 3 rd party doesn't shut well with you?

SpeedyTheSnail said,
How nice, now you can still buy it for your new console instead of being provided a "free" upgraded version. Thank you Microsoft.

On another note, I don't have time to play my Xbox anymore ;(.

By that logic, any remastered re-released game should be free? Wut?

its not though is it? I don't play the game but I understand it was 'crippled' on the 360 to small worlds and objects, this new version increases this by a lot and updates the graphics etc.

duddit2 said,
its not though is it? I don't play the game but I understand it was 'crippled' on the 360 to small worlds and objects, this new version increases this by a lot and updates the graphics etc.

How dare you come in here with truths! haha ;)

Backwards compatibility? So the answer is: yes! On another note, I very much like Minecraft but it is to me much easier to play on PC, and better. Lets pretend that I don't have it on my 360 with a massive world already though :D