We all knew it was coming. It's been "really close" to release for what feels like months now. But finally, Mojang has confirmed an early August release for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of Minecraft.
Each new edition of Minecraft will have all the features from the current console versions as well as some upgrades thanks to the extra oomphy hardware. Owners of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will even be able to upgrade to the next-gen release for a small fee, provided they do so within the first year after the game's release.
A quick look at what's new and what will change:
- Significantly larger worlds with a greater draw distance.
- Saves will transfer from Xbox 360 to Xbox One or PS3 to PS4. Saves will not transfer from the new version back to the old due to the increased world size.
- Many of the DLC skins and texture packs will transfer over. Licensing deals are preventing some of the packs from transferring.
- Mojang is looking into enabling upgrades from the Blu-ray disc version.
- No cross platform play between Xbox 360 and Xbox One or PS3 and PS4.
- Price set at $19.99.Current edition owners can upgrade for $4.99 anytime during the first 12 months.
The PlayStation 3 + PS Vita edition is less of a next-gen update as it is an excuse to put Minecraft on Vita. It includes features from the PS3 version, including online play, and will be a free upgrade to those who currently own Minecraft: PS3 Edition.