4J Studios, the developer handling the PS4, Xbox One, and PS Vita ports of Minecraft, has updated gamers via Twitter as to the progress of each title. According to the tweet Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition has been handed off to Sony for final testing, which means it is very close to its final released. The other systems aren’t as lucky however with 4J announcing that Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition requiring more bug fixing.
We’ve handed Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition over to Sony for final test!
All of these versions of Minecraft were previously announced to arrive at the same time in August. It seems like Minecraft will hit PS4 on schedule, but the Xbox One and PS Vita versions won’t. Whether they will still arrive in August hasn’t been made clear, but with the month halfway over and bug fixing still going on at 4J it is likely that they have been pushed back to September, or later.
When the new versions of Minecraft do arrive they will each cost $19.99, except if you already own Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and are upgrading to the Xbox One version. Then you will have a year to upgrade for $4.99. This is also true for going from Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition to the PS4, but so far only if you bought the game digitally.
Saves will transfer from the older generation to the new one, but you will likely miss out on many of the new features present in Minecraft for PS4 and Xbox One. The graphical improvements will obviously help, but PS4 and Xbox One will also allow for larger worlds. You’ll have to decide which is more important, your old, familiar world, or a brand new and larger world to explore.
Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition will be released in the next few weeks. News on an updated release date for Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition is expected later.