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‘Minecraft’ updates on last-gen consoles could stop due to hardware limitations

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

Even though 4J Studios is currently working to bring Minecraft to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 doesn’t mean that they plan to stop supporting the existing last-gen console version of the game any time soon. However, Mojang’s Owen Hill admitted to OXM on Aug. 28 that it is possible for the older platforms to reach a point where they can no longer fit any additional updates on the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 as a result of the again platforms’ limited memory constraints.

This isn’t expected to be an issue any time soon, but fans are warned that there will come a point when the last-gen systems simply won’t be able to technically receive any more content. Since Minecraft receives regular updates, it will eventually become unescapable for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions to become too big to handle any additional features.

Also endangering the longevity of the last-gen Minecraft ports are Mojang’s future plans to evolve the upcoming Xbox One and PS4 editions. When the new-gen titles first launch, the goal will be to keep all console versions of the block-filled game nearly identical. However, Mojang’s Daniel Kaplan told OXM in the same interview that the goal is to take advantage of the more powerful consoles by adding more features to them over time that won’t be found on last-gen systems.

Both the Xbox One and PS4 editions of Minecraft are currently undergoing certification tests which will be the final step before they are launched. 4J Studios is also currently developing a handheld version of the game for the PS Vita.