The story of Minecraft begins with a beta, which is also where the XBLA port will start. Creator of the popular mining game Markus “Notch” Persson states he wants a beta to figure out what is fun on a console before the official release. He also thinks the Kinect aspects will be an interesting part of the port. He expects updates to be infrequent and for mods to be unavailable after the launch; these precautions will prevent the system from breaking. No word on when the full-game beta will start or end. Let’s hope this beta doesn’t last as long as the original two-year PC beta.

Source: Develop via Joystiq