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‘Minecraft PS4 Edition’ resolution, map size and release date speculated

'Minecraft' fan wearing creeper costume
'Minecraft' fan wearing creeper costume
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Some details from “Minecraft PS4 Edition” have been speculated. According to a report from The Fuse Joplin on April 9, the next-generation console port may include several enhanced graphical features. One example that was provided includes a jump to 1080p native support for the new console for the open-world sandbox video game.

A majority of PS4 video games released so far utilizes the full HD resolution. This gives Sony a distinct advantage over the Xbox One in terms of visuals for third-party multiplatform titles. With “Minecraft” not being a visually-demanding game, the development team at 4J Studios should be able to include better textures as well as render at a higher pixel count on next-generation consoles.

Mojang, the original creator behind the popular title, also hinted in an interview with Xbox Wire that “Minecraft Xbox One Edition” may include bigger map sizes due to the inclusion of a hard drive for all hardware units. Microsoft released a special Xbox 360 unit with flash memory instead of a hard drive, which prevented the developer from increasing the world size of “Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition.” Bigger map sizes should also be added to “Minecraft PS4 Edition” as all versions of Sony’s new console comes equipped with a 500 GB hard drive.

However, the PS4 port of the software product may not be coming out at the same time as the Xbox One version. Microsoft recently hinted that a release date for “Minecraft Xbox One Edition” should be announced in the relatively near future. Meanwhile, Sony Computer Entertainment has not yet disclosed any details on when “Minecraft PS4 Edition” will be made available.

The three Playstation ports of the open-world sandbox were announced last fall during GamesCom. “Minecraft PS3 Edition” was the first port to be released with a launch on Dec. 17 in 2013. “Minecraft PS4 Edition,” along with the aforesaid “Minecraft Vita Edition” and “Minecraft Xbox One Edition,” are still in development at 4J Studios.

The PS4 has sold 6 million units as of last month. The next-generation system was released on Nov. 15, 2013, in North America before coming out in other regions around the world. “Minecraft PS4 Edition” should be able to sell a lot of copies on the new console due to the lack of competing software and the potency of the “Minecraft” brand. Furthermore, the platform also includes video sharing features, which should strengthen the community of the open-world sandbox video game.