[Updated] Buyer Beware: Not All Xbox 360 Minecraft Texture Packs Transferable To Xbox One

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My son was elated when he heard that Minecraft was coming to the Xbox One back in September. Even better when we found out that the upgrade cost would only cost $4.99 because we already owned the 360 version and he could transfer his worlds to the Xbox One. Minecraft texture packs and skins? Transferable as well… but there are exceptions, as we found out the hard way.

When Xbox announced the popular building game was coming to the Xbox One, they mentioned that:

All downloadable content players have purchased for the Xbox 360 Edition is available free for re-download on Xbox One.

Based on this information, my son bought a few texture packs on the Xbox 360 after the Xbox One version released. After purchasing, we checked the Xbox One store and sure enough, the texture and skin packs he had purchased on the Xbox 360 version were showing up as free downloads on the Xbox One store. Fast forward to the release of the Star Wars™ Classic Skin Pack for Minecraft which just recently released. Of course, being Star Wars branded, the pack costs triple ($2.99Cdn) what most of the other texture/skin packs cost — but hey, it is Star Wars, and it also comes with 55 skins. So, once again, why not take advantage of purchasing it on the Xbox 360 and getting it “free for re-download on Xbox One” as he had previous packs — even ones purchased less than a month ago.

Xbox 360 Star Wars™ Classic Skin Pack, we switched over to the Xbox One to find that the pack was not showing up as free in the Xbox One store. I decided we should wait a day and try again the next day, but the next day came and it still showed up as being $2.99. So I hit up Xbox Support on Twitter as they’ve been great help in the past. Much to my dismay, we were told the following:

I read, and re-read their statement in disbelief. While it makes sense that any texture packs released BEFORE the Xbox One version was available would be transferable, and any packs released after the Xbox One version was released would not, Xbox didn’t once mention this anywhere in their news releases about Minecraft for Xbox One or the new skin packs released afterwards.

Am I a bit miffed? Certainly. Is it only a $2.99 purchase? Definitely — but it is hard earned allowance that my son is spending. The point here is the lack of communication from Xbox on what texture packs were transferable and what packs weren’t. And here I thought Xbox was gaining ground on PlayStation’s Cross-Buy program with Minecraft texture and skin packs, but apparently I was wrong.

UPDATE (29/11/14 9:50p ET): After posting this article, Xbox responded again and provided me a link to where it outlines their Minecraft texture/skin pack transfer policy: http://support.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-one/games/minecraft-dlc-save-transfer (bolded for emphasis).

All downloaded content you already own for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition can be re-downloaded for free on Xbox One. This offer applies to downloaded content released on Xbox 360 before September 5, 2014.

Not sure why they didn’t send that to me earlier today when I first asked about it. At any rate, this still stands as a heads up/PSA/buyer beware… and the point still remains that Xbox should have been more clear about what was transferable and what wasn’t.

  Source: Xbox Minecraft Announcement  Source: Xbox Wire

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