The official Xbox Twitter account just announced that Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will be available starting on September 5th. It has been a long road to this release, with fans having to wait many months for the current-gen version. All of that waiting is over though so now everyone can finally start playing the game.
Minecraft comes to Xbox One 9/5
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition retails for $19.99, but can be purchased for $4.99 if you own the Xbox 360 version of the game. All you have to do is own the game and play it on your current Xbox Live account and you will receive the discount.
The game’s webpage describes Minecraft: Xbox One Edition as “Minecraft, one of the best-selling games on Xbox 360, is now available on Xbox One. Create and explore your very own world where the only limit is what you can imagine—just be sure to build a shelter when night comes to stay safe from monsters.”
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition has many improvements over the Xbox 360 version including:
- Transfer your favorite Xbox 360 Edition worlds and content packs across to the Xbox One Edition
- Share the experience with 4 players split-screen on one console or up to 8 players over Xbox Live.
- Bigger worlds, faster draw time, and greater draw distance
- Native 1080p at 60 FPS
- The widest range of downloadable content on a console
The September 5th date is likely only for the digital version of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition. A physical disc release is planned, but will have to come at a later date. The game was only submitted for final approval a few days ago, so Microsoft, Mojang, and 4J Studios are pushing the game out fast to satisfy their fans.
This announcement comes at midnight on the day Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition is expected to release on PSN. I’m sure there was a desire to make sure fans knew that there would not be a long delay between the releases.