4J Studios recently revealed that the worlds of the upcoming Xbox One and PS4 editions of Minecraft wouldn’t be infinite like their PC counterparts, but they will be larger than what can be found on the last-gen versions of the game. Revealing exactly how much bigger the new Minecraft maps will be, the developer announced on May 15 that the new games will feature worlds that are a massive 36 times the size of those from the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of the sandbox title.
Not only will the game expand out horizontally, but the ceiling height of Minecraft worlds on Xbox One and PS4 will also have a raised vertical block build limit. In order to enjoy the further horizons, the next-gen Minecraft games will also feature improved view distances which will allow players to see much farther than before.
Since it has been confirmed that players will be able to transfer their Xbox 360 and PS3 save files to the new platforms, it is unknown how the game will handle the large discrepancy between the world sizes of the different generations. It is likely that the game will randomly generate the extra terrain to make up for the differences that a map increase of 36 times on Xbox One and PS4 will create, but the developer hasn’t provided specifics.
Currently in development, the Xbox One and Playstation 4 editions of Minecraft are expected to release at some point later this year. The most recent word from Mojang’s Owen hill would see the titles release before the end of the third quarter. 4J studios is also working on a version of the game for Sony’s handheld, the PS Vita. Despite bringing the game to many more platforms, the developer is also committed to continuing support of the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of Minecraft in the future.