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New screenshots released for ‘Minecraft: Xbox One Edition’ show off new features

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In an effort to get fans excited for the launch of Minecraft on the new generation of consoles later this summer, 4J Studios has released a new batch of screenshots for the upcoming Xbox One Edition of the popular creative franchise. The developer shared the images with the official website for Xbox Live Arcade who, in turn, posted the screenshots on June 26 for all to enjoy.

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The images instantly show off a couple of the advantages that gamers will experience over last-gen versions of Minecraft. As can be seen from the screens, the new hardware will allow the Xbox One and Playstation 4 editions of the game to support a taller build limit that makes room for players to stack blocks higher in the sky. Additionally, the upcoming new-gen upgrades to Minecraft will also feature improved draw distances will allow gamers to see farther into the horizon than what was previously possible on consoles.

Both of these improved features that coming to Minecraft on Xbox One and Playstation 4, as shown in this week’s newly released screenshots, will benefit greatly from the much larger world sizes that will appear on the new-gen versions of the game. 4J Studios has revealed that the new editions will be roughly 36 times larger than the map sizes that can currently be found in Minecraft on the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3.

Players will also be able to import their existing Minecraft console save files over to the Xbox One and Playstation 4. Eventually, the game will automatically resize the old game worlds to accommodate the new larger maps. Unfortunately, the developer recently revealed that the titles won’t likely launch with a rescaling option so fans will have to wait for a future update in order to enlarge their last-gen world seeds.

Minecraft is scheduled to release on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 later this summer. 4J Studios is also currently developing a handheld version of the game for the PS Vita that will launch at the same time.