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'Minecraft' PS4 and Xbox One improved graphics discussed by 4J Studios

'Minecraft'
'Minecraft'
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

A member from the 4J Studios development team has further discussed the improved graphics from "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition." According to a report from The Epoch Times on June 27, several artists from the studio took advantage of the next-generation console versions of the open-world sandbox game by building two big structures featuring the head of horses. The monuments are based on The Kelpies, which were designed by Andy Scott and can be found in Scotland.

The representative revealed that the artists "enjoyed" the increased draw distances from "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition." Both next-generation systems are significantly more powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360. As a result, the development team was able to improved how far players are able to see. You can find a screen of The Kelpies from the video game near the top of this article (courtesy of the official Twitter page from 4J Studios).

Another big enhancement is the increased of the world sizes by 32 times when compared to the PS3 and Xbox 360 games. As a result, players now have more room to explore and build. While players can move worlds from the PS3 to the PS4 and from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One, importing saves from the next-generation versions to the current-generation iterations won't be possible.

Both new games should end up selling a lot of units. Mojang will be offering a one-year promotion at launch where "Minecraft PS3 Edition" players can upgrade to "Minecraft PS4 Edition" for $4.99. The same deal is also available for existing "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition" owners when upgrading to "Minecraft Xbox One Edition."

Fans should not have to wait too much longer for the PS4 and Xbox One games as both titles are slated to come out later this Aug. in North America. At the same time, "Minecraft Vita Edition" should be released as well. All three games will be released first digitally. The physical disc versions may be coming several months later based on how the launches of the PS3 and Xbox 360 editions were handled.