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‘Minecraft: Xbox One Edition’ finally confirmed to allow Xbox 360 save imports

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

Since the Xbox One edition of Minecraft was first announced last year, fans have questioned whether they will be able to import their current world saves from Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition to the new console. However, gamers have finally been told that they will indeed be able to continue playing their Xbox 360 saves after Microsoft’s Phil Spencer confirmed on April 24 that the Xbox one edition of the sandbox creation title will feature the ability for fans to import their Xbox 360 Minecraft worlds into the new generation console.

Microsoft, Mojang, and developer 4J Studios have gone back and forth over the past several months as they discussed the possibility of allowing save transfers between the two Xbox platforms. It was revealed that the concern was that it might not be technically possible since the Xbox One and PS4 edition of Minecraft will support larger world sizes than what can presently be found on the Xbox 360 and PS3. That means that the a world seed from the Xbox One version of the of the game will fundamentally be different from those on Minecraft: PS3 Edition and thus the uncertainty whether it was possible or not.

Fortunately for Xbox One owners who are looking to upgrade their Xbox 360 copy of Minecraft, the issues have clearly now been solved as Spencer officially confirmed that save transfers are heading to the upcoming Xbox One edition. Earlier this week, Mojang’s Owen Hill revealed that the PS4 version of Minecraft will also likely allow gamers to import their PS3 game worlds.

Minecraft is currently available on the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles. The games, along with the upcoming new generation editions heading to Xbox One and PS4, were developed for Mojang by 4J Studios. The ability to import saves from the same console family will allow fans to continue playing Minecraft without fear of losing their creations once the new versions launch.