Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Fix Incoming for Minecraft Update 1.7.3, May Bring New Features
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Minecraft Xbox 360 patch 1.7.3 went live yesterday, but has introduced a few problems of its own.

According to Developer 4J Studios, a fix is now pending approval with Microsoft. Fingers crossed, it should be available next week. “We’re hoping sooner than a week, but it’s not in our control – we have to wait along with everyone else”, 4J Studios tweeted.

But the patch will not just fix outstanding problems. According to 4J’s Stuart Ross, it may also include elements of Minecraft 1.8 and 1.9. That means new features! Gotta love the way they're supporting this game.

Here's the full update notes for 1.7.3:


  1. Added Pistons & Sticky Pistons.
  2. Added Stackable fences.
  3. Added Shears – required to get wool from sheep, and to collect leaf blocks.
  4. TNT needs Flint and Steel or Redstone to detonate.
  5. Redstone wire will now connect to a repeater.
  6. New textures for Cobblestone and Brick.
  7. Added Character Skin Selector to allow players to choose their skin from the default skins, or from Downloadable Content skin packs.
  8. Added lighting improvements (brought forward from 1.8.2 update) and snow & rain improvements.
  9. Added a save file cache to improve the speed of displaying the saves list.
  10. Added ban list functionality to allow players to self-ban from levels they feel contain offensive content.
  11. Added a ban list section to the How To Play menus.
  12. Added an option for the host to limit online games to only players in their friends list (no friends of friends).
  13. Added a seed display to the level load screen (requires existing levels to be saved out again to add the display).
  14. Changed the tooltip display setting to in-game tooltip display, so that tooltips always display in menus.
  15. Added the crosshair to the list of things affected by the opacity slider.
  16. On using the quickselect bar, the opacity of the quickselect, tooltips, splitscreen gamertag display, and crosshair will be set to 80,
  17. and will fade back down to the user opacity setting after 6 seconds of no quickselect bar use.
  18. Added some more Tips & Trivia to the loading/saving screen display.

Tutorial World changes & additions

  1. Added optional tutorial for Pistons and Redstone.
  2. Added a self-building bridge to the castle using Pistons.
  3. Added some sugar cane, cactii and clay to the world.
  4. Added a few other things for players to discover.


  1. Fix for only the host being shown the pop-up when any player attempts to place lava near the spawn point.
  2. Fixed tooltip for Flint and Steel.
  3. Fix for Note blocks not showing notes.
  4. Fix for Leaderboard reads taking too long.
  5. Fix to block players re-entering a level they have been kicked from, until the level is restarted.
  6. Fix to stop players being able to join a game when they are not a friend of any player in the game.
  7. Fix for Netherracks re-appearing after being mined.
  8. Fix for a rare crash on entering the Nether.
  9. Fix for attacking enemies at a different level not damaging them.
  10. Fixed a problem causing some save games not to load.
  11. Removed Herobrine.


User Comments

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Comment #1 by rrushn
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 06:12:50 AM
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Still no creative mode. :(

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Comment #2 by Tomtam
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 06:14:09 AM
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Good stuff, nice to see them supporting this as much as they do.

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Comment #3 by Infomouse
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 06:16:41 AM
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Weren't these the things that were introduced in the last TU?

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Comment #4 by Mattymace666
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 06:17:53 AM
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Yesterday? This stuff has been in for about 2 weeks.

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Comment #5 by Hannibal king 88
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 06:18:32 AM
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Why no herbrian i got the game so i could kick his ass and look wtf

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Comment #6 by Zenka The Myth
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 06:28:03 AM
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Yeah, this was a couple of weeks ago. Maybe you mean the up coming bug/glitch patch to fix the problems caused from 1.7.3.

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Comment #7 by thenewpeter
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 06:37:38 AM
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I hope, they mean that there will be a new patch soon, and not referring to this, which is several weeks old.
Please, please allow us to set up farms, breed and capture livestock. So I can finally put my coco beans to use without knowing I'm wasting them, so I can finally farm wool, and have a reason to grow wheat.

For anyone wanting creative, give it time, theres a lot of coding needed for that, a lot of time, expect that in septemberish.

Love how they're supporting their fans though :) wish other games where like this.

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Comment #8 by thenewpeter
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 06:43:06 AM
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@5, have someone dress in his skin?

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Comment #9 by xMEGADETHxSLY
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 06:43:19 AM
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creative coming in 1.8.3

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Comment #10 by SeraphimAssassin
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 06:58:47 AM
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And no more achievements for this game. Pretty sure they can make achievements with the pistons are something like that.

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Comment #11 by GeekSven
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 07:05:44 AM
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What do you mean 'Removed Herobrine'? Was he in there, then?

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Comment #12 by darkdeath174
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 07:08:46 AM
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@11 it's a running joke

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Comment #13 by Gonin
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 07:28:37 AM
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#12 and it's fucking HILARIOUS too.

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Comment #14 by ReklezZTrini
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 07:51:17 AM
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4J Studios confirmed "Creative Mode", & it will be added when the next update occurs.

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Comment #15 by linkin10362
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 07:56:05 AM
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I'm sorry, but this is a pointless article. The new update has been out for weeks, not just yesterday. There is a bug fix that will be released next week that will fix some minor problems that occurred when the 1.7.3 update was released. The talk of the 1.8 and 1.9 updates are for the next big update that is suspected by fans to come out in September and has nothing to do with this bug fix.

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Comment #16 by Skid Row Trash
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 07:59:33 AM
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I have had this update for over 2 weeks now, maybe even 3?

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Comment #17 by xtye
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 08:16:49 AM
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I see nothing from 1.8 in there...where the fuck is Creative Mode? That's what everyone wants and they give us everything BUT that...ugh.

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Comment #18 by DarthTrakd
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 08:21:00 AM
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The update was around the middle of July (proper update from 1.6 to 1.7).
I've not been online since... well probably since then. has there been any more updates (small fixes) or is this all just about that update?

and does anyone know if they've fixed the clay spawing issues?

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Comment #19 by irishsnow79
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 08:39:12 AM
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@15 stuart ross from 4j studios themselves have said theremau be 1.8 and 1.9 features included with the bug fixes so i'd be inclined to think it's true. He wouldn't make a comment like that and not include something. It'll only get gamers' backs up

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Comment #20 by DecadentBeaver
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 08:43:56 AM
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I clicked on this article expecting news. But this is old. Come on x360a, not like you guys to fall behind.

As for the Creatice mode, I'm fine with what I've got for now, but will be building a diamond castle once its out.

Also, will there be a fix for the random moments when all sound just stops? Been happening to me and the missus loads.

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Comment #21 by linkin10362
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 08:55:04 AM
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@19 If you are referring to the tweet that was linked in the article, he isn't saying anything of the sort. The person asked him if 1.8 and 1.9 could possibly be combined for the next UPDATE and Ross said it would not be possible as the two are very big and significant, but that there might be some features from 1.9 that are added in early when 1.8 comes out.

Nowhere in there does it say that 1.8 or 1.9 features will be included in the bug fix next week. It's for the update, not the bug fix.

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Comment #22 by atomic viking54
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 09:41:04 AM
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this news should just be deleted because its like 2 weeks old lol

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Comment #23 by Devil Sora
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 10:21:32 AM
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Ok, thanks for clearing that up linkin10362. I've gotta say that along with everyone else has said, I'm a little disappointed that is behind the ball on this one. Normally I get all my news weeks in advance on this site note the exact opposite. Regardless I've failed to even boot the game up since the skins went live so I don't see the point of ANY articles unless they are; "1.8 will be out ___________."

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Comment #24 by WiiIsBetterThanXbox
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 11:47:53 AM
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Wow, the nice little COD article was more informative the this piece of shIt article.

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Comment #25 by Tim 13
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 01:07:30 PM
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Mojang doesn't get that as much as people love this game, the number one thing they want is creative mode. Shut up, and don't do or say anything else about this game before your implement creative mode. Then, we will welcome whatever changes you make. Then you have my permission to die.

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Comment #26 by Nitnoid
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 02:43:46 PM
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I have a feeling the author copied and pasted the wrong list...

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Comment #27 by Nevander
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 02:45:16 PM
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This is the same update derp.

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Comment #28 by taffaroo97
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 05:27:33 PM
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Go up to the Minecraft sign, open the piston door and theirs now a portal inside :)

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Comment #29 by andami
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 06:31:01 PM
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The next "update" is just a patch to fix some problems. The next real update (which upgrades us to Beta 1.8; go to the x360a minecraft forum for details) is rumored to be released late August/September. Not sure why this article is a copy-and-paste of an article they wrote a few weeks ago.

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Comment #30 by ParalyzedShadow
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 07:42:18 PM
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The only update that went live yesterday was 1.3 and that was for Minecraft PC. 1.7.3 went live on the Xbox 360 I believe July 13th.

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Comment #31 by SOTG Ace
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 09:06:14 PM
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@15 Yeah, I'm a little confused about this article too bro.

This update was live weeks ago. Only think I can think of is this may have only been in the US and not the UK? As for an update to fix bugs in 1.7.3 I am not sure about that. For all confused, go to the Minecraft forums and there is a whole section on the 360 version of Minecraft. Everyone there seems to also have the update.

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Comment #32 by bio187
Friday, August 03, 2012 @ 12:23:29 AM
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old news much?

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Comment #33 by linkin10362
Friday, August 03, 2012 @ 03:20:46 AM
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This article should be updated to include the actual bug fix details. Here they are:

- Fix for a crash with pistons at the edge of the world
- Fix for a crash due to a thread safety issue usually caused by pistons
- Fix for issue with operating pistons on chunk boundaries
- Fix for a rendering flicker with active pistons
- Fix for rendering slowdown due to lighting issues
- Fix for rain going through blocks (raining indoors)
- Fix for Marketplace not launching when unlocking skin pack after selecting a locked skin in the trial version of the skin pack
- Fix for bug allowing locked skins to be selected if they are beside a free skin
- Fix for misaligned player scores when viewed under the "My Score" leaderboard filter
- Fix for the constant button press sounds when rotating a character in the skin select screen
- Fix for the constant sound effect played on the sign text entry
- Fix for thunder not being audible
- Fix for third person front view not displaying fire.

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Comment #34 by Lordconfessor
Monday, August 06, 2012 @ 01:12:55 AM
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Creative mode would be awesome!! Thing is I've done so well having to MINE for all of my resources, It's a massive achievement all on it's own especially for my own personal project on Minecraft. Pistons was an awesome addition to the game, definitely had the "creative juices" flowing (Lmao). I do look forward to Enchanting things. Hopefully That will be included soon........

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