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'Minecraft' PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One world size compared by 4J Studios

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The world size of "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition" has been compared to "Minecraft PS3 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition." According to a report from 4J Studios Twitter page on May 15, a representative confirmed that the development team is planning to increase the dimension of the areas by 36 times with the upcoming titles. The same company previously confirmed that the world size won't be infinite on the PS4 and Xbox One due to the save restrictions from Microsoft Studios and Sony Computer Entertainment.

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Furthermore, the development also provided a screenshot comparison between "Minecraft PS3 Edition" and "Minecraft PS4 Edition" on the same Twitter website. "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition" was also compared directly to "Minecraft Xbox One Edition." In both instances, the next-generation port contains better draw distance due to the bigger areas. You can check out the comparisons, along with other screens from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, with the slideshow embedded to the left-hand side of this article.

Aside from the world size improvements, 4J Studios also confirmed that players can transfer their process from the PS3 to the PS4 (and possibly the Vita) as well as from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One. The process most likely can't be done in reverse due to the technical limitations of the current-generation consoles. According to Gaming Bolt, the development team confirmed that the touch pad input of the Dual Shock 4 will be utilized to navigate the menus as well. Both next-generation systems should also feature other improvements and enhanced features.

"Minecraft Xbox One Edition" was initially announced at E3 2013 in Microsoft Studios' stage presentation. "Minecraft" on the PS3, PS4 and Vita wasn't confirmed until a few months later during Sony Computer Entertainment's press conference from GamesCom 2013. Out of the group, only "Minecraft PS3 Edition" has been released so far as it came out towards the end of 2013. The digital version of the open-world sandbox game has sold more than 1.5 million copies so far on Sony's current-generation console while the Xbox 360 iteration recently surpassed 12 million.

Based on the release patterns of the existing console ports, the three upcoming editions should come out digitally first before being made available as a physical disc several months down the line. The current launch plans for "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Vita Edition" is to release both games before the start of the fourth quarter in 2014. The release window for "Minecraft Xbox One Edition" still remains unknown although an announcement is expected to be made shortly.