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'Minecraft' PS4 and Xbox One worlds will not be infinite after all

Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
Photo courtesy of Microsoft, used with permission

One of the promises of bringing “Minecraft” to next-gen consoles was that the world size limitation in the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions would be rendered moot. Despite reports to the contrary though, “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” and “Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition” will not support infinite worlds according to a 4J Studios statement Wednesday.

“Working with Sony/Microsoft on world size – not "infinite" due to save size limits, but a lot bigger than PS3/Xbox 360,” 4J Studios revealed on Twitter. This naturally led to some disappointment from fans of the open-world sandbox title.

While “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” was originally advertised as having “bigger worlds” and not “Infinite worlds,” this does contradict a recent statement from Mojang. Owen Hill stated in April on the Playstation Blog that the “PS4 will definitely have infinite worlds!”

This ultimately depends on exactly how large “Minecraft” worlds are allowed to get before PS4 and Xbox One players run into the dreaded invisible wall. The current PS3 and Xbox 360 limitations has proven bothersome as players can quickly reach the end of the world, especially in Creative mode.

4J Studios did confirm that the DualShock 4 touchpad will work with the “PS4 Edition,” however. “The PS4 touchpad is quite nice for navigating the Creative UI,” it wrote.

Other features that will be supported include bringing saves over from the PS3 and Xbox 360 to the PS4 and Xbox One, respectively. Mojang’s Hill also stated that some kind of Cross-buy and Cross-play compatibility between the PS3, PS 4 and PSV Vita is in the works. Details have not been announced yet but Texture Packs and Skin Packs will be supported.

A PS4, Xbox One and PS Vita release date for “Minecraft” has still yet to be revealed though. The closest to an announcement so far is that all three versions should be available either in the second or third quarter of the year. That means, anytime between now and the end of September.

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