4J Studios, the team responsible for the current console editions of Minecraft, have been openly working on new generation versions of the game on both Xbox One and PS4 since last year. However, until now, development on the new editions has always been secondary to additional updates for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game but that will now change after the developer announced on April 17 that their primary focus is now shifting to fully launch Minecraft on Xbox One, PS4, and PS Vita.
The biggest improvement that the new generation of consoles will be able to provide Minecraft fans over the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions is that the upcoming versions will allow for much larger world sizes. Currently, console gamers suffer from a vastly smaller overall world seed than experienced by PC players. With the advanced technical specifications of the Xbox One and PS4, however, the new generation systems will greatly increase the game’s map size over the last-gen versions of the game.
4J Studios just released the Candy Texture Pack for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. This was the last known DLC that has been announced for the game. Meanwhile, the developer needs to launch Patch 1.06 in order to get two more texture packs on the PS3 edition of the game. Launching the PS3 update is the only currently scheduled announced project for the last-gen versions of the game. This leaves 4J Studios open to fully focus on the Xbox One and PS4 editions.
This doesn’t mean that 4J Studios doesn’t still plan to regularly update the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game. The developer has stated many times that they intend to continue supporting all versions of the popular sandbox creation game in the foreseeable future as all future updates will be developed at the same time across all platforms.