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'Minecraft' PS4 exclusive feature and 'Minecraft' Xbox 360 TU16 patch discussed

'Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition' DLC pack
'Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition' DLC pack
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

4J Studios posted a few updates on "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition" as well as the upcoming "Minecraft PS4 Edition." According to a report from Gaming Bolt on May 8, the development team first confirmed that the PS4 port is going to include an exclusive feature that won't be found in the other console versions. The open-world sandbox game will be taking advantage of the touch pad on the Dual Shock 4.

In addition to making ergonomics improvements, Sony Computer Entertainment decided to add a new input method to the PS4 controller. As a result, the touch pad was implemented into the middle of the Dual Shock 4, providing some functionalities that are similar to the mouse pad used for laptops. 4J Studios confirmed that "Minecraft PS4 Edition" will use the touch pad to navigate around the creative user interface.

The development team also provided an update on the TU16 patch for "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition." Although they currently do not have an official release window, the 16th main title update for the Xbox 360 port should include multiple bug fixes. It appears that 4J Studios could be releasing the 1.06 patch, which adds support for multiple DLC packs, for "Minecraft PS3 Edition" first.

Along with the aforementioned consoles ports, the same company is also responsible for "Minecraft Vita Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition." Mojang, the main developer of the open-world sandbox game, previously confirmed plans to import worlds created from "Minecraft PS3 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition" to the PS4, Vita and Xbox One games. However, the transfer is most likely not possible when going from a Playstation platform to a Xbox console and vice versa.

"Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition" are also going to have bigger worlds when compared to the current console versions on the market. However, the size won't be infinite due to the save file limitations imposed by the console manufactures. 4J Studios could also used the extra horsepower of the next-generation consoles to boost the frame rate, resolution, textures and other visual elements.

"Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition" managed to sell very well when compared to the original version. The console port has sold more than 12 million copies so far, just behind the 15 million copies sold from the PC game despite coming out six months later. A screen showcasing one of the many DLC packs of the Xbox 360 iteration from the official 4J Studios Twitter page can be viewed with the photo attached near the top of this article.