‘Minecraft: Pocket Edition’ Update Gives Feature That PS4 and Xbox One Edition Won’t Have

Minecraft: Pocket Edition received its biggest update yet on Thursday with the 0.9.0 release. Mojang’s latest update gives players of the game on Android and iOS more room to move around than even the next-gen Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles will enjoy.

Here’s the list of new features that is included with the 0.9.0 Minecraft: Pocket Edition release.

  • Infinite worlds!
  • Caves!
  • Loads of new blocks and items including Monster Eggs and huge mushroom blocks.
  • Wolves! Tame a loyal companion.
  • Loads of new flowers! So pretty.
  • New mobs, including the spooky endermen and less spooky Mooshrooms.
  • New biomes from the PC version, including mesas, jungles, swamps and extreme hills.
  • Abandoned mineshafts, villages, and many other cool places to explore.
  • A brand-new “interaction” button. Never accidentally punch a sheep again!
  • New feature generation, including lakes, vines and monster rooms.
  • Many bugs fixed, and possibly a few added.

Notice the first bullet point? Infinite worlds is standard on the PC version of Minecraft but Xbox 360 Edition and PS3 Edition owners have become accustomed to limited world sizes. When Sony, Microsoft and Mojang announced that the popular open-world sandbox title was headed to the PS4 and Xbox One, many assumed that the upgrade from 512 MB of memory to 8 GB from the last generation of consoles to the current consoles would allow for infinite world sizes. That wasn’t meant to be though as a policy on game save size prevents Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition and Xbox One Edition from going infinite.

While the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Minecraft won’t support infinite worlds they do get the benefit of much larger worlds. Developer 4J Studios has confirmed that they will be up to 36 times larger than the PS3 and Xbox 360 Edition.

There are many more features that the console editions have over Minecraft: Pocket Edition such as Villager trading and more. However, the portable version of the game has been rapidly gaining more features since Jens Bergensten took over as the lead developer.

There are already more Pocket Edition versions of Minecraft sold than console versions so it is possible that the upcoming PS Vita Edition could be the least favored portable edition of the game.

It’s not all peaches and cream for Minecraft: Pocket Edition though. There’s currently a memory leak bug that is causing problems and infinite worlds is understandably not running well on older iOS and Android devices as witnessed by the Mojang Support tweets below.