Minecraft Xbox 360 update: 1.7.3. patch enters certification

Update will be live in 10 days tops - 4J Studios

Nature may be red in tooth and claw, but it's also green in shoot and branch. I live in terror of the trees, readers. Some welcome the way they replenish overnight, sparing you the risk of long overland trips in search of new building materials, but me? I find it sinister. Sure, I've got an axe. Sure, I can punch almost anything to spinning cubes. But I feel my arsenal needs a tune-up nonetheless. My arsenal needs shears.

And shears are what we'll get, among other things, in Minecraft Xbox 360's 1.7.3. update, which goes into Microsoft certification testing today. The process will take no longer than ten days, reports the official 4J Twitter, and then, then I'll have implements to wield against the encroaching darkness. Also, I'll be able to make my house's chimney pop up and down like in old Disney cartoons.


How are you planning to make use of the 1.7.3. features? Here's a list of currently-known inclusions, and here are eight ways future Minecraft updates will fundamentally alter the game. Honk if you love Golems.

- 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).