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Local Minecraft Xbox 360 co-op requires HD TV

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Minecraft's use of voxels give it a sort of retro look, but looks can be deceiving. If you plan to play the Xbox 360 version of the game on an old TV, you won't have access to the full experience.

Most of the game works fine on an SD TV, but split-screen co-op mode will not launch if the game isn't being played at at least 720p. Players playing at lower resolutions are met with a screen telling them to "play the game in High Definition mode" if they want to dig holes and build stuff with buddies in the same room.

Developer 4J Studios stands by the decision to make split-screen multiplayer HD-only, Tweeting, "The inventory and crafting just didn't work in splitscreen Standard Definition - it was too small to make out."

That's all well and good, but the game's Marketplace page doesn't mention the requirement, meaning the uninformed won't find out about it until after they buy the game. Buyer beware.

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Staff article by Rhody Tobin (May 10, 2012)

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