In a brief mention at its E3 press conference on Monday, Microsoft announced that Mojang's indie smash-hit Minecraft will be arriving on the Xbox 360 sometime later this year.

Originally developed for PC by indie Swedish studio Mojang, Minecraft for the Xbox 360 will be Kinect-enabled, the company said, allowing gesture and voice controls for the game, which is meant to encourage creativity and world building.

It was also revealed that the PC and Xbox 360 versions of Minecraft will be cross-compatible, presumably for world sharing and cooperative multiplayer. No further details were announced, and it was not clear if the Kinect peripheral will be a required or optional part of the console Minecraft experience.

While the game has not been confirmed for Xbox rival PlayStation 3, affiliated joint venture Sony Ericsson will officially announce that Minecraft will be coming to the Xperia Play smartphone.

Minecraft will be available on the Xbox 360 this winter, Microsoft said. [UPDATE: Trailer added.]