Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are now fully functional Minecraft playing machines. The open-world sandbox game was released to both consoles Thursday along with instructions showing how to transfer your existing Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition or PlayStation 3 Edition worlds to the new versions.
Minecraft: PS4 Edition and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition are available to purchase from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store respectively for $19.99. As Inquisitr reported previously, if you’ve ever played the PS3 or Xbox 360 versions before, you will be able to upgrade for just $4.99.
— 4J Studios (@4JStudios) September 5, 2014
Microsoft posted a video explaining how to transfer worlds from the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft to the Xbox One, and the same process will work with the PS3 and Xbox 360. The required steps are simple, but you’ll first need to download a small update to the game.
After you start Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition or PS3 Edition, select “Play Game” from the main menu to bring up your list of existing worlds. You should see a new option listed at the bottom labeled either “Upload Save for Xbox One” or “Upload Save for PlayStation 4” mapped to the Y and Triangle buttons respectively.
Simply press that button to start the upload process. However, you’ll only be able to upload one map at a time to Mojang’s cloud storage system. Uploading another map automatically overwrites the last map you uploaded.
When you finish uploading the map from Minecraft: PS3 Edition or Xbox 360 Edition, fire up the PS4 Edition or Xbox One Edition. Select “Play Game” once again from the menu and you should see a menu option at the bottom labeled “Retrieve Xbox 360 Save” or “Retrieve PlayStation 3 Save” mapped to the X and Square buttons. The download process will start and your old console Minecraft world is now available to play on your new console.
It’s worth noting that the Minecraft maps you transfer will not increase in size, yet. Developer 4J Studios is working on bringing the ability to increase the map size with a later update along with supporting more than eight players in multiplayer.
Also, did you know that all of the DLC texture packs, skins and Mash-Up Packs that you downloaded for the old Minecraft version are available for free on the new version? It’s true. Just go to the PlayStation and Xbox Stores and locate the DLC you’ve purchased. You should be able to download it for free and may find that some of the packs have been upgraded.
— Scott/EcKo (@EcKoxSoldier) September 4, 2014
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