Minecraft was announced for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Playstation Vita at this year’s E3 gaming convention.
Minecraft is a building and mining game created by Markus Persson, known as Notch, and developed by the company Mojang. Since its release on the PC, Minecraft has accumulated millions of users. A version was released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 not long after, but now it seems Mojang is branching out even further.
According to The Epoch Times, a trailer was released by Mojang at E3 showcasing the new version of Minecraft for Playstation 4. Along with this came screenshots for an Xbox One version and the unveiling of a handheld edition for the Playstation Vita.
You can see the trailer for Minecraft on PS4 in the video below:
In an official statement on the developer’s website, Mojang released a list of information about Minecraft: Xbox One Edition. The game will be released on the Xbox Live Marketplace in August with significant upgrades from the Xbox 360 version. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will cost $19.99, unless players already owned the 360 version, in which case the upgrade will only cost $4.99. The worlds that users have created in their 360 version can be transferred to the Xbox One Edition, but not vice versa.
In terms of the Playstation 4 edition of Minecraft, users can expect the release around the same time as the Xbox One version. The same costs will apply: $19.99 to download unless users already own the PS3 version, in which case it will cost $4.99 to upgrade. Blu-ray disc versions of Minecraft: Playstation 4 are being developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. World transfers between platforms will be available on the Playstation as well.
The Vita edition of Minecraft will contain all the features from Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition, including online play. Users who already purchased the PS3 version will get the Vita edition for free. Otherwise, the game will cost $19.99. Worlds are cross-transferable between the PS3 and Vita versions.
According to The Air Herald, the new Xbox One and Playstation 4 editions of Minecraft have substantially increased area, which means players will have a lot more terrain to build on. The scope of vision seems to have also been improved, making it easier for players to see long distances.
This is big news for both Mojang and fans of the game, and an important step forward since Minecraft recently dropped out of the lineup of Occulus Rift games.
Will you be picking up a new version of Minecraft? If you’re more interested in the PC version of the game, you can purchase it here.