Strong reports indicate that the console versions for the popular game Minecraft might be coming out later this month, but a recent tweet informs fans that they are still working on clearing out all the bugs, and that they will post an update as soon as they give the final product over to the Cert teams for testing. It is understandable why it takes so much, as the new versions for the the next-gen consoles, namely the Xbox One and the PS4, will be 36 times bigger than the precedent versions for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Those of you still rocking the Xbox 360 or PS3 and can’t afford one of the next-gen consoles shouldn’t panic, as it was announced also through a tweet that while versions for the Xbox One and PS4 are in the works, they won’t stop making updates for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Several details about the version for each next-gen platform have been made public by the names handling the game, 4J and Mojang. These are as follows:
Xbox One Minecraft
It will be released in August through the Xbox Live Marketplace. Differences and upgrades from the Xbox 360 edition include significantly bigger worlds and greater draw distance. The game will include all the updates released so far for the Xbox 360 version, and even though it will cost $19.99, you can get it for as cheap as $4.99 if you have purchased the Xbox 360 edition from the Live Marketplace or if you have played on the 360 edition online using the disc version. Players will have to upgrade for a minimum of 1 year, and if they have Xbox 360 Edition saves, they can import them into the Xbox One Edition. The reverse process is not possible (importing Xbox One saves into Xbox 360) because it is a lot harder to shrink worlds than it is to expand them. Users won’t be able to cross play between different consoles, and some of the DLC skins from the X360 Edition will not cross on Xbox One due to licensing and other legal issues, although Mojang and 4J assure fans that most of the skins will still be available.
The PS4 Edition of Minecraft will be released also in August, on the PSN, and cost $19.99. If you have purchased a PS3 Edition of Minecraft through the PSN, or have played online using a PS3 disc, you will be able to upgrade to the PS4 version for only $4.99. As compared to those found in the PS3 + PS Vita Edition, the worlds in the PS4 will suffer from significant expansion and draw distance. All the latest updates from the PS3+Vita Edition will be featured in the PS4 version. Players will have to upgrade for minimum 1 year. Player will also be able to import their PS3 + Vita saves into the PS4 Edition, but can’t transfer them the other way around. Same as with the Xbox One Edition, the PS4 Edition will not include all the DLC skin packs, as some of them are trapped in licensing deals. Playing the game with someone over different consoles won’t be possible.
There is also a PS3 + Vita Edition on the way, meaning that it will work on both your PlayStation 3 AND your PlayStation Vita. You will be able to continue your PS3 game even if you have to leave home, by using the PS Vita portable platform on the bus, in the card, or wherever you are. The PS3 + Vita Edition will cost $19.9 and you will own the game for both the PS3 and the PS Vita, no matter which platform you bought the game for first. This edition will include all the latest PS3 Edition updates, including online gameplay through the PS Vita. Al the DLC skins from the PS3 version will be made available in the PS3 +Vita Edition.
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