Some fans are not happy with the latest news concerning "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition." According to a report from Gameranx on July 10, Roger Carpenter confirmed that the Xbox One version will support up to eight players online, which is the limit for the PS3 and Xbox 360 iterations as well. The same restriction is most likely being applied to the PS4 game as well.
The announcement upset a few enthusiasts who were expecting 4J Studios to take more advantage of extra hardware power of the next-generation systems. The development team has only confirmed that the video game will have bigger worlds and graphics (such as 1080p native resolution and increased draw distance). However, it looks like the gameplay features remain the same for the most part.
Roger Carpenter did state that 4J Studios could released a patch in the future to add more concurrent players to "Minecraft Xbox One Edition." However, a specific time frame for the new update was not provided. So it looks like PS4 and Xbox One users can only set up eight-players option for the foreseeable future.
The lack of new gameplay features may put off existing "Minecraft PS3 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition" owners from upgrading. Mojang is giving some extra incentives for those who don't mind buying the game again on the new consoles. Players can pay $4.99 to upgrade from the PS3 version to the PS4 and from the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The promotion is going to last a year after the launches of "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition." Progress made from the PS3 and Xbox 360 games can be transferred to the next-generation ports as well.
The two upcoming games, as well as "Minecraft Vita Edition," are due to launch next month. An official release date announcement should be coming in the near future. You can find a screen from "Minecraft PS4 Edition" on top of this article (courtesy of the Twitter page for 4J Studios). You can also pre-order the game from Amazon with the next page: "Minecraft."