Minecraft gets next-gen this week

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Mojang’s digital LEGO set, Minecraft,  is set to be released on both of the new generation consoles this week, bringing block-busting, crafting survival action to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners. Unfortunately, neither version brings the nigh infinite worlds available on the PC and even tablet versions.

Microsoft announced that Minecraft for the Xbox One would be coming this Friday. For fresh buyers, it’ll cost $20 to start hacking away at blocks. If, however, you own the digital version of Minecraft for the Xbox 360, you get to do an upgrade for just $5. Even better is the fact that your worlds and all of the extra content you have will carry through to the next gen version.

The PlayStation 4 version was originally scheduled for release in August, but apparently was held up by certification woes. According to PlayStation France however, we’ll be seeing the PS4 version of Minecraft on PSN when the Euro store updates later today.

According to that, the digital version will be out today, pipping the Xbox One to the post. There’s no date on a physical release just yet. The Vita version, unfortunately, seems to be stuck in limbo.

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None of the new-gen versions will have the near infinite worlds available on PC though. While that was understandable on the limited Xbox 360 and PS3, it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense on the new gen systems; even the mobile version on tablets allows for worlds of unbelievable size and scope. It obviously isn’t down to horsepower. Unfortunately, it seems that save file constraints on both newer consoles mean that your blocky digital sandbox won’t be as large as it might be on PC.

Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • For the new consoles seems odd it’s so restricted. Minecant more like.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Can it play Crysis? Yes.
      But can it play Minecraft? Sort of O_o

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Hahaha. MC is the NEW benchmark!

      • Dem blocks!

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  • WarframedSquirrel

    Even the roof (top of build-able area) is lower on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, even though it has been increased considerably, it isn’t anywhere near the build height of the PC version.

    Maybe they’ll increase the world size as time goes by, but only Mojang will know if that is possible.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Doesn’t really matter that they don’t have the scope of PC or tablet versions. If they like it & want more they can always venture out of the safe confines of Consoletopia & journey to the wild frontier of PC gaming. Not that Minecraft is wild by any stretch of the imagination.

    • WarframedSquirrel

      You’ve obviously never been mobbed by a bunch of zombies, spider jockeys and creepers.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Excluding Rince’s island.

        • WarframedSquirrel

          Rince’s island… thanks for reminding me to finish that off… guess I’ll be spending MOAR time in MineCraft soon.

          No mobs seem to spawn on that island though… it’s weird.

          • Not weird, BLESSED.

          • Sith JJ

            I think Rince spawns on their lands

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            BWAHAHAHA

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            #foreverSPawning

          • I spawn anywhere I want, like, right now, behind you 0_O

          • Sith JJ

            LOL
            wait… O_o

          • Rock789

            Coz even monsters are scared @#$%less by Rince!! **runs**

          • You cannot run! Not on a 3×3 island! 😛

          • WarframedSquirrel

            It’s actually around 20×20 at the moment.

          • 0_O Get a picture, please!?

          • WarframedSquirrel

            Will organize it.

          • Rock789

            O f$k! It’s growing?! It’s alive, isn’t it? Kill it! Kill it with fire!!

          • Why you want to kill me 🙁

          • Rock789

            Not you… The Island… **shudder**

            It’s growing! Was 3×3 and is now 20×20?! If we don’t stop it now, it may consume all of Minecraft!!

          • Rock789

            You’d be surprised… 😉

      • Sith JJ

        That single sentence just made me want to get Minecraft.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    “bonjour, la version dématérialisée oui, demain. Pas de date pour la version physique”

    Translates into: “Hello, we surrender, please have some cheese while you look at my girlfriends hairy armpits”

    😛

    • 0-O

    • WarframedSquirrel

      I’m sure it actually ends in “while you look at my girlfriends hairy physique”… I might be wrong though.

      • Sith JJ

        Yea, but when a woman has armpit hair it’s pretty much all you see.

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          I heard they keep shaved wookiees there…

    • Norm

      Those phoo phoo french… :/

  • Sith JJ

    Framerate is going to be an issue on a fast-paced game like this.

    • WarframedSquirrel

      lol… only 720p at 30fps?

      I only hope the new consoles have enough RAM.

      • Sith JJ

        MADNESS!

  • Pieter Kruger

    Only $5? Sold! ????

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