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Minecraft heading to PS4, Xbox One and PS Vita in August

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Minecraft has been in the works for PS4, Xbox One and PS Vita for some time but Mojang only recently revealed that the game will be released on these new platforms during August. All three editions will cost $19.99 each and if you buy the game on either PS4 or PS Vita you can pick up the other version free of charge thanks to Cross-Buy. Furthermore, if you already own Minecraft on Xbox 360 or PS3 you can upgrade to the new-gen version for $4.99 for a “minimum” of a year after the release date.

Interestingly, the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Minecraft will feature significantly bigger worlds and a greater draw distance than their PS3/Xbox 360 counterparts thanks to the new-gen consoles’ more powerful hardware.

Here are more details about each version from Mojang’s website:

  • Players with Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition saves will be able to import their worlds to Xbox One. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to transfer saves from Xbox One to Xbox 360. We can make worlds bigger without too much stress, but shrinking them causes all kinds of problems.
  • Cross platform play will not be possible between Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • Many, but not all, of the DLC skins and texture packs you’ve purchased for Xbox 360 Edition will be available for use in Xbox One Edition. We’d like to say all your DLC would transfer, but some of the items are trapped in licensing deals that are too boring to get into here. We’ll have more on this soon.
  • Saves are transferrable between the Playstation 3 and Vita versions of Minecraft. You will be able to craft at home on your Playstation 3, then continue on the bus/toilet with your Playstation Vita.
  • All of the DLC you’ve purchased for Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition will work on Playstation 3 + Vita Edition.
  • Players with Playstation 3 Edition or Playstation 3 + Vita Edition saves will be able to import their worlds to Playstation 4. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to transfer your saves from Playstation 4 to Playstation 3/Vita. There are technical reasons for this; we can make worlds bigger without too much stress, but shrinking them causes all kinds of problems.
  • Cross-platform play will not be possible between Playstation 3 + Vita Edition and Playstation 4 Edition.
  • Many, but not all, of the DLC skins and texture packs you’ve purchased for Playstation 3 Edition will be available for use in Playstation 4 Edition. We’d like to say all your DLC would transfer but some of the items are trapped in licensing deals that are too boring to get into here. We’ll have more on this soon.

Minecraft is already available on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and mobile devices. Head over here for El33tonline’s previous coverage of this ever-popular sandbox title.


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