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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition update 1.7.3 now available

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The long-awaited update for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is now out and available to download via Xbox LIVE. Today's update brings the console version up to MInecraft PC beta version 1.7.3 which means the arrival of Pistons, shears, stackable fences, and other goodies. Unfortunately, no Endermen yet as those arrived in the PC 1.8 Adventure update which co-developer 4J Studios is looking to implement soon.

As for today's 1.7.3 update for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, here's the full change-log (via):

Features:

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

Fixes:

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

You'll notice that today's update adds a character skin selector allowing you to choose your skin from the default skin or other downloadable skins.

That's because today's update coincides with the release of the first Minecraft Skin Pack which adds over 40 new character skins to choose from. You can see some of the custom skins that will be included here. The Skins DLC pack will cost 160 MP, but you won't have to blind buy the pack. There will be a trial version of the Skin Pack, allowing you to use some of the skins for free and letting you see all of the other skins before purchasing.

To download today's update, simply turn on Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and it will download automatically.

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