Minecraft screenshot comparison pits Xbox One vs. PS4

4J Studios shows off the improved draw distances in the next-gen versions of Minecraft.

Minecraft on Xbox One

New screenshots of the next-gen versions of Minecraft show that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions look incredibly similar, although both sport improved draw distances over their PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 counterparts.

4J Studios, the developer responsible for the consoles versions of Minecraft, tweeted out a series of screenshots today, primarily as a means for demonstrating "the view distance increase [it's] currently working on." None of the four versions lets you see especially far, but the improvement in the Xbox One and PS4 versions certainly help to downplay the feeling that the world suddenly ends.

Minecraft on PS4

The developer recently announced that, "due to save size limits," the new console versions of Minecraft would not feature infinite worlds. It provided an update on that front today with some encouraging news, tweeting, "We're currently trying out a world size increase of 36 times the area of the Xbox 360/PS3 world." While still not as large as some players would hope, it does provide a sizable area to work with.

Neither the PS4 nor the Xbox One version of Minecraft has been given a release date. A release for the Xbox One version was recently said to be close to being finalized, while the PS4 version is, along with the Vita version, expected out no later than September. Both the PS4 and Xbox One versions will allow for save files from the PS3 and 360 versions, respectively, to carry over.

Minecraft on Xbox 360. Click for a full-size view.
Minecraft on PS3. Click for a full-size view.
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180 comments
sethfrost
sethfrost

Draw distance is nice, but I still prefer the MODs on PC. AFAIK, you cannot get them on the consoles, right?

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

I'm not understanding how this game is so popular.

Is it really "That" good? I never brought myself to spend money on this contraption of a pointless game.

That being said: These are just MY opinions. Obviously it's successful for a reason... but unless someone can actually convince me I'm missing out, it will remain unseen in my library of games.

As far as graphics go: lol

I do understand there are many layers of complex rendered cubes with some of the lowest texture resolutions in history. Something about this game just doesn't do it for me :(

DemocraticTroll
DemocraticTroll

are they seriously comparing Minecraft now?...idk what to say.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

This would have been a great article on April Fools Day

vivvianni
vivvianni

I can see a pixel box far far away!

B!tch.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Woah! Two new games with more draw distance. GREAT!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Silly Gamespot. Trying to incite a 1080p war with lolMinecraft as their trollbait.

Show of hands GS - how many of you got your marketing degrees from a community college or a bubble gum machine?

raziel2kain
raziel2kain

it'll also come to ps5 and xbox2. pleas gs, we need the comparison in future !!!!

raziel2kain
raziel2kain

thanx gs, all that matters to minecraft players is the graphic lol

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

Ooooh now you can see for miles and miles in 1988.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

yay ps4 finally has a game apparently according to x1 users it dosnt have any now we do in your face x1 users we now have a game what took you so long to realise a game? 5 months iv had the ps4 and nothing to play apparently

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

There is no reason for this article to exist

ladymulti
ladymulti

All the people worried about what the game looks like and all I care to know is the release date. :p. I'd still pick an 8bit game over a realistic 3d modeled game if it was best.

DVONvX
DVONvX

Textures look better on x1. PS4 version seems to have inconsistent framerate despite higher resolution than the x1 version.  

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

So basically PS4 is taking the xbox's own native game and making it better? Another good win in hte ongoing war.

howiex89
howiex89

incredible, simply incredible, the performance of our machines today.

Hekteur
Hekteur

Graphic comparison for Minecraft? I hate saying something like this, but it looks like an useless comparison video to me. 

DanZillaUK
DanZillaUK

Well it would be a great comparison between the two if we had... I don't know... The same image to look at on both consoles? or perhaps a game that is not merely low detailed bricks from a game that shows the world "graphics are not the beginning and end of a game" right?

DARREN636
DARREN636

Can I build my own killstreak?

beuneus12
beuneus12

flamebait article, just let it die 

Banyek
Banyek

really ?? a graphic comparison on minecraft??? oh God.....

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Yeah because people play Minecraft for the graphics.

nocoolnamejim
nocoolnamejim

Are we really comparing graphical screenshots on a game like Minecraft?

That's the extent that the graphic whoring has come to by this point?

bluefox755
bluefox755

These screens obviously weren't released for comparison, as they are very different from each other.

maxshep4520
maxshep4520

Kids are breathing heavy looking at this article. Go grab your mommys credit cards.

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

This clearly shows how overpowered both the Xbox One and PS4 are, given the emphasis this generation on Indie games, most of which could run on a GameCube.  

superbayliss
superbayliss

Does console Minecraft still use Java, or did 4J Studios port it to something else?

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

This clearly shows the ABSOLUTE power of the "NEXT-GEN".

aidanrooney95
aidanrooney95

@TheExxorcist I think it's mainly so popular because of how much you can do in it, as it's a sandbox game. If you watch RoosterTeeth/Achievement Hunter you'll see that they come up with many interesting games and events, which are possible due to the whole world being customisable. As for the PC version, mods make it even more of a game, and mean people who want to get into coding can start of small. Instead of making a game they can just modify minecraft, which is one of the easiest games to mod. :)

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

If they don't call the next Xbox the 'NextBox', I'm going straight to the head of their marketing and slapping him/her in the face!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

It's fun when 3 year olds type on the computer!

ooblah
ooblah

You're literally speaking gibberish.

deadpen
deadpen

@Tremblay343  How will we know which system can render a tree quicker or make a three-color 8 bit block look the best if articles like this didn't exist?

ooblah
ooblah

Uh, that's all nonsense. Minecraft was never native to xbox - it was/is a PC game first and foremost. It was only ever a timed exclusive for xbox. And it's been out for ps3 for some time now. You're pretty late, bro.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

@nocoolnamejim  I think the point is system power comparison actually.  And judging by comment count to articles like this, people are very interested.

ooblah
ooblah

*thunder claps*

Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!

deathstream
deathstream

@jakesnakeel @nocoolnamejim  


Subtract the juveniles who are just there to insult other people and how many comments are there?