Minecraft on Xbox 360 tops 1 million units

Posted by Mark Raby

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 version of indie game hit Minecraft has been sold more than a million times.

The game was released through digital download over Xbox Live on May 9 and hit the million-download mark yesterday, making it one of the fastest-selling downloadable Xbox 360 games to date.

"With more than 5.2M total online hours of gamers mining away, 4M total multiplayer sessions played, and more than 2.4M multiplayer gaming hours played, 'Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition' is showing that it’s not only selling well, but that gamers are remaining highly engaged, wandering through new vistas and exploring caves with their friends," Microsoft said in a statement.

Minecraft has been fascinating the world of PC gamers for years now, and it has been slowly working its way to expand into new platforms and attract new groups of customers.

Minecraft has grown from a small project with a big dream to a huge community with more than 20 million registered users.

The game is all about construction - building the perfect world with a highly customizable set of tools, and a unique graphical style that makes this title unlike anything before it.

The way the game is presented makes it fun and addicting for players of all ages, but it was very much built as a PC game. There's a lot of point-and-click functionality that may be difficult to transfer to a console that relies on controller input.

Minecraft has already found a second home on mobile devices, but that also gives users a point-and-click mechanic, so one of the things fans were anxious to see was how developers managed to translate that to the Xbox 360.

Apparently they did a pretty good job.