Excellent news – all of those hundreds of hours you’ve spent playing Minecraft on the Xbox 360 have just become slightly less futile, as Microsoft have announced plans to transfer saves from the 360 version to the Xbox One.
The news was announced in a tweet by new Xbox chief Phil Spencer.
After months of teaming up with Mojang, we can confirm that Minecraft X360 Edition will save transfer to Xbox One Edition…more news soon!
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 25, 2014
It’s not the first time save transfers have been possible – Call of Duty: Ghosts offered similar functionality if players bought both the 360 and Xbox One versions of the game, but Minecraft is significant because of the likely complexity of transferring the saves. In the case of Ghosts, saves won’t carry much information – whereas the save files for Minecraft need to carry data on the make-up of entire Minecraft world.
This will no doubt be welcome news to the millions of players worldwide – lest their 21st century Lego be thrown on to the rubbish tip as the world moves on to the latest generation of games consoles.
So now players can get back to building a castle…
…or a House…
…safe in the knowledge that their creations will be safe (as long as they don’t switch to PS4).