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The Pocket Edition of ‘Minecraft’ does what the Xbox One, PS4 can’t

Minecraft
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Photo courtesy of Mojang, used with permission

Despite the fact that 4J Studios is now developing new versions of the popular block-filled titled for the new generation of consoles, the upcoming Xbox One and Playstation 4 editions of Minecraft still won’t be able to handle infinite world generation as can currently be found on the original PC game. However, the Minecraft: Pocket Edition that can be found on iOS and Android devices will be getting infinite worlds thanks to a new title update that will release later this week as reported by Polygon on July 6.

It seems odd that the developer has stated that infinite worlds can’t work on either the Xbox One or PS4 not that it has been confirmed that the title’s less powerful Pocket Edition will be able to handle the feature. After all, the new-gen platforms have vastly superior system specifications than mobile devices. However, the new-gen consoles will only support world sizes that are 36 times larger than the existing maps of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions while Minecraft: Pocket Edition will receive infinite maps when title update 0.9.0 launches on Thursday.

4J Studios has admitted to fans that they will constantly try to increase Minecraft’s overall world size on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 in future title updates, but it is unlikely that the console games will ever actually see infinite worlds. Even though endless map generation is now coming to the simpler mobile version of the game, the developer of Minecraft’s console ports still claims that such a feature isn’t possible on new-gen systems despite the platforms’ superior hardware.

The Xbox One and PS4 editions of Minecraft will launch this August alongside a PS Vita version of the game that features both cross-buy and cross-save support with the PS3 edition of the game. Minecraft: Pocket Edition’s 0.9.0 update, which will introduce infinite worlds to iOS and Android enabled devices, will release this Thursday.