Why can’t we have everything?
The title of this post is “Why can’t we have everything?” In the second paragraph, I’m saying that you can’t expect a 10-year-old piece of hardware that has no ability to be upgraded to have everything that a PC system that can be upgraded does. You wouldn’t expect it be able to squeeze everything into a PE Edition, so why expect it to get it all into an Xbox 360.
In the third paragraph is where I bring up 4J’s stated idea of taking the Xbox Edition in it’s own direction. That would perhaps compensate for not being able to ever add “Everything” by adding a couple of things that will be unique (at least initiallly). What I’ve left unsaid because it opens up another can of worms is that I believe a large part of the problem is that PC Minecraft has really become almost exclusively about modding. Mojang gave the community the opportunity to write a lot of their own stuff into the game and the community just loves the idea of being able to rewrite the game on their own to suit themselves. That’s fine on the more “open-source” environment of the PC.
However, the Xbox Edition is not open-source, it’s closed source. Console gaming has never been about practically every player continually rewriting the programs for their own versions of the games. So, the Xbox Edition can never have/support modding because Microsoft owns all the rights to the Xbox 360 and they are NEVER going to allow ad hoc mod programs to infiiltrate the LIVE network.
So, this puts 4J in a bit of a spot… They are the contracted authors of the Xbox Edition, supported by agreements with both Mojang and Microsoft. As an ethical business, they can’t just copy a bunch of other people’s PC mods since that would put them in possible violation of the various mod authors’ copyrights. So, they have said they are considering taking the Xbox Edition in their own, unique direction (i.e. modding it themselves but in an OFFICIAL way using their own unique ideas. They also said this idea was contingent upon obtaining the agreement and support of Mojang; and at last report, they were talking about that idea with Mojang. However, we don’t know what the outcome of those talks was/is or if they are still ongoing.
The alternative, of course, is that all we’ll ever have on the Xbox is “everything” in pure vanilla Minecraft… but even that isn’t going to be possible much longer since which Mojang’s most recent focus has become writing a whole new API into the game to support modding it on the PC and that part of “vanilla” Minecraft can’t be brought onto the Xbox. It IS a vicious circle and it’s not about just “missing blocks.”