4J Studios previously confirmed that the Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of Minecraft will feature maps that are 32 times larger than what can be found on last-gen consoles. Since fans will be able to import their Xbox 360 and PS save files to the new hardware, some might wonder what will happen to smaller map sizes when they are transferred to new platforms that are capable of building bigger worlds. Thankfully, 4J Studios has revealed that the game will give the option to increase world sizes according to a report by The Epoch times on July 22.
To accommodate for the difference in world size between different platforms, the developer has stated that there will likely be an in-game option that will allow players to change the current map size direct within the Minecraft’s Xbox One and PS4 editions. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t expected to be available at launch so fans will have to wait to benefit from the larger worlds if they plan on importing a last-gen save file.
4J Studios has also revealed their desire to continually increase the overall map size of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of Minecraft over time thanks to future title updates. If the developer can manage to continue to improve world sizes in this manner than the same menu option to enlarge the map will likely be used for this purpose as well.
Minecraft releases on the Xbox One and PS4 in August. Those who already own a copy of the game on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 will be able to digitally upgrade their copy to the new platforms for only $5. In addition to launching on the new generation of consoles, 4J Studios is also developing a handheld version for the PS Vita that will become available at the same time.