Minecraft Coming to Android on the Xperia Play


Are you ready for Minecrack on-the-go? Minecraft developer Mojang has confirmed that the Android version will be arriving on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play before other Android phones.

The Xperia Play version of Minecraft will feature customized controls for the system’s PlayStation style buttons. Mojang is also developing versions of the title for iOS and other Android phones. Compared to the PC version, the smartphone versions of the game will be tweaked slightly to deal with the special requirements of the platform.

"When playing on smartphones you will have a different screen size compared to PC, different hardware, different attention spans and thus the game needs to be customized to fit the mobile specifications"

After the port to the Xperia Play is complete it shouldn’t be too long until other Android devices get their chance. The main problem in moving to other Android devices most likely comes from the lack of physical controls and not the game engine itself. The Xperia Play is no different component wise from other Android phones. Fo a game that relies heavily on a keyboard and mouse, it will be interesting how Mojang will tweak the Minecraft experience to deal with touch controls to support the vast majority of Android devices out there.


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