Now that the Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of Minecraft have been officially dated to release this August, it has been announced that those who currently own the existing 4J Studios developed console ports of the game will be able to digitally upgrade their copies to the upcoming next-gen editions upon their launch. Mojang confirmed on May 22 that fans who have purchased Minecraft on Xbox 360 and PS3 will be allowed to upgrade the game to the new consoles for $5.
On their own, the Xbox One and PS4 editions of Minecraft will cost $20, giving existing owners of the game significant savings with the option to digitally upgrade to next-gen. Players must have purchased the digital edition of Minecraft on the older hardware or played online with their physical retail disc in order to be eligible for the upgrade. Otherwise, the store won’t be able to recognize that they are a previous owner.
The Xbox One and PS4 editions of Minecraft will feature larger worlds with greater draw distances. All features from the most recent title update for Xbox 360 and PS3 will also come included within the new versions. Most DLC packs that players have purchased will also carry over to the new consoles. Unfortunately, some add-ons won’t be available on the Xbox One due to licensing issues. Furthermore, there will be no cross-platform play between different versions of Minecraft. This means that Xbox 360 players can’t play with anyone on the Xbox One.
Minecraft will release this summer on Xbox One and PS4. Fans will be able to transfer their existing saves to the new versions. However, it won’t be possible to import next-gen save files back to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 due to the differences in world sizes. While the game can create additional world content to get bigger, it will be unable to make them smaller to move back to last-gen hardware.