PS4 and Xbox One Versions of Minecraft Will Still Have Limited World Sizes

Bigger than their 360 and PS3 counterparts, but not as big as the PC version offers.

News by Pete Davison, .

One of the most interesting, joyful experiences you can have in the computer versions of Minecraft is simply picking a direction and setting off on a grand adventure, pausing only to carve yourself a shelter into a convenient hillside when night falls.

While the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions do allow for a certain degree of exploration, they lack the completely infinite nature of the home computer versions. It seems that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will provide a much larger playground for you to explore -- but still a limited one, meaning the PC version is still the definitive edition of the game.

The reason for the limitation is, according to port developer 4J Studios, due to save file size limits imposed by Sony and Microsoft. The company is reportedly working with both companies on what will be practical to implement on both platforms, so there's no specific word on exactly how big the worlds on offer will be, but they will supposedly be "a lot bigger than PS3/Xbox 360."

Both the PS4 and Xbox One versions will allow you to import save worlds from their previous-generation counterparts. The PlayStation 4 version will also incorporate touchpad support for navigating the user interface -- particularly useful in Creative Mode.

The new editions of the game -- along with a Vita version, which will have a few more limitations owing to the portable's less powerful hardware -- are set to arrive sometime in "Q2/Q3" of this year, which could be any time between now and September.

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  • Avatar for CK20XX #1 CK20XX 4 years ago
    This seems like a great opportunity for the developers to add the Far Lands back into the game. They were what used to form the borders of the PC version's "infinite" worlds.
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  • Avatar for metalangel #2 metalangel 4 years ago
    The dream of being able to connect to PC servers and enjoy them from the couch on your console remains... a dream. Oh well.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #3 MetManMas 4 years ago
    Personally, I think the console Minecraft games should have the option for infinite sized worlds for those who want them, but also keep an option for the more finite worlds for those who don't. Just require some kinda disclaimer warning that an infinite world will use a lot more file space.

    As for me, I'd rather upgrade to a less crappy PC for Minecraft play than to buy either next gen console for a bigger gimped version.
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  • Avatar for Captain-Gonru #4 Captain-Gonru 4 years ago
    At the risk of repeating myself, I'm still disappointed we aren't seeing a Wii U version. Using the GamePad screen for inventory management, or substituting Wii Remote compatibility to simulate a computer mouse seem like obvious ideas to me.
    Frankly, I was surprised by how few PC ports made the jump to the Wii in general. The pointing works well as a mouse stand-in. Seems a no-brainer to me.
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  • Avatar for kevincrandall53 #5 kevincrandall53 4 years ago
    @Captain Gonru You are spot on there. I would love to see FTL on WiiU. FTL on my Vita would be nice also. I will be getting Minecraft on Vita when it comes out. I am sure once I get my XboxOne, my son and daughter will want it there also. I mean, there are not really any good games on X1, so it is almost a no brainer there.
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