Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirmed Friday evening that the worlds players created “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” will be transferable to “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition”. Mojang’s Owen Hill confirmed similar news for the Playstation 4 and Playstation 3 recently.
“After months of teaming up with Mojang, we can confirm that Minecraft X360 Edition will save transfer to Xbox One Edition,” Spencer wrote on Twitter. “[M]ore news soon!”
4J Studios first hinted at the possibility of being able to transfer “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” saves to the Xbox One last June following the official announcement of the game at E3. The developer followed up last November that it was still working on ways to move saves from the last-gen console to the new-gen console.
While it is not 100 percent definite that transferring “Minecraft” saves from the PS3 to the PS4, it appears highly likely at this point. Mojang’s Owen Hill said, “You should be able to bring your PS3 save to PS4” in the comments section of a PS Blog post announcing the retail version of “Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition”. Transferring saves with the PS Vita version is very much in the air, however.
The PS3, PS4 and PS Vita editions of “Minecraft” might also receive some form of Cross-buy for the game and all of its DLC. There’s been no mention of a similar possibility or the chance of at least a discounted price for the Xbox 360 owners who want to purchase “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition”.
Still, the move to allow game saves to transfer between systems is a significant feat and one that Spencer did not originally think was going to happen. There are significant differences between the new-gen and last-gen console versions starting with the size of the worlds. “Minecraft” for the Xbox One and PS4 will allow for infinite world sizes while the PS3, Xbox 360 and PS Vita will not.
No release date has been announced for “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” or “PS4 Edition”. Mojang’s Hill did confirm that it should be out by the end of September though.