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‘Minecraft’ dev prepares new E3 builds for the game’s Xbox One and PS4 editions

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

In preparation of the next week’s E3 event, 4J Studios is currently working to get the upcoming Xbox One and Playstation 4 editions of Minecraft ready to be shown to the public. With the popular block-building title set to launch on next-gen consoles later this summer, the developer revealed on June 5 that they are getting new builds of the upcoming editions finished so that they can unveil the titles’ latest progress on Xbox One and PS4.

As a result of the advanced specifications provided by the newer hardware, fans will experience much bigger map sizes while playing Minecraft on next-gen systems. The developer has previously stated that the world seeds on the Xbox One and PS4 will be roughly 36 times larger than what can currently be found on last-gen consoles. To go along with the larger worlds, the upcoming versions will also support improved draw distances allowing fans to view farther than ever before.

Those who already own Minecraft on either Xbox 360 or PS3 will be able to digitally upgrade their copy to the new generation for only $5. Furthermore, fans will be able to import their existing save files to the Xbox One and PS4 so that they may continue playing in the same world.

4J Studios is also currently working on a PS Vita edition of Minecraft which will release alongside the upcoming next-gen editions of the game. The developer will also reveal new details about this handheld version of the sandbox creation title at E3 next week. Minecraft PS Vita Edition has been confirmed to feature cross-buy support with the PS3 version allowing anyone who presently owns the game on PS3 to also download it on the PS Vita for free.

Minecraft will launch on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PS Vita in August. The new editions of the game will release with the most current updates from the existing console versions.