When 4J Studios’ Minecraft finally arrives on the new generation of consoles later this year, Playstation 4 owners will be able to enjoy a feature that won’t exist on any other version of the game. The developer confirmed on May 7 that the upcoming PS4 edition of the voxel-based building game will fully support the use of the touchpad on the DualShock 4 controller.
Using the pad in a similar fashion to a computer’s mouse, the touchpad will offer an alternative way for PS4 players to control the creation of their more intricate Minecraft creations. The developer stated that the touchpad will be particularly handy when it comes to navigating through menus for building in creative mode.
The announcement that Minecraft: PS4 Edition will support the use of the DualShock 4’s touchpad marks the first time that a platform-exclusive feature as been revealed for the console versions of the sandbox creation title. At this point, it seems unlikely that the developer will announce Kinect support for the Xbox One edition since 4J Studios opted not to utilized Microsoft’s alternative control device on the Xbox 360 version of the game.
The upcoming next-gen editions of Minecraft will allow cross-generational transfers between the same family of consoles. This means that save files from the Xbox 360 version of the game can be imported to the Xbox One edition upon release. It is unknown how the game will handle the fact that world sizes will be much larger in the Xbox One and PS4 editions of Minecraft when importing smaller worlds onto the new systems.
The next-gen versions of Minecraft were intended to be launch titles on the Xbox One and PS4 when they were first announced last year. However, the games were later delayed until some point this year. While 4J Studios is now focused on releasing the new editions of the game, the developer still remains committed to the currently available versions of Minecraft on the Xbox 360 and PS3.