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First Minecraft Xbox 360 update adds pistons, shears, more clay

4J aiming for Minecraft PC version 1.7.3

The grass is always greener in Minecraft, and that applies to game updates too. 4J Studios has announced that it's targeting Minecraft PC version 1.7.3 for the very first Minecraft Xbox 360 update... and we're already staring at our existing 1.6.6 builds in abject desolation, pining for the sweet hydraulic "thunk" of 1.7.3-era technology.

New to 1.7.3 are pistons, which shove other blocks around, and shears, which allow you to 'mine' foliage. There's also a lot more clay to find, making those grand brickwork building projects a tad more achievable. Scroll down for a partial list of tweaks and additions, care of LMG.

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UPDATE: Minecraft Xbox 360 update 1.7.3 is due in July. Wondering how the bigger updates will affect you? Here are eight planned features that will fundamentally alter Minecraft on Xbox 360.

UPDATE 2: The update is out on 12th July at 2pm GMT - step this way for the finalised feature sheet. Are you ready to rumble?

- Added pistons.
- Fixed clay generation.
- Flint and Steel or redstone is now required to trigger TNT.
- Fences can be stacked.
- Added Shears.
- Redstone wire now will connect to a repeater.
- Shears can be used to pick up leaf blocks.
- Shears can be used to shear sheep without hurting them
- Sheep no longer drop wool from being punched, only from being killed when they are unsheared.
- New textures for Cobblestone and Brick blocks.
- Silverfish skin was added (for Beta 1.8).

No word from 4J as to when all this will arrive. Speaking to OXM in March, the port developer's Roger Carpenter discussed the difficulties of porting some of the PC updates across. "Some of the updates are massive - they significantly change how the game works. They're epic, potentially, a complete redesign of what we've got already." Read our whopping Minecraft Xbox 360 interview for more.

UPDATE: 4J has told us a bit more about Minecraft's Xbox 360 updates, including details of the mammoth challenge that is version 1.8.

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