Minecraft: Xbox One Edition as well as the versions for PS4 and Vita will be released in August, Mojang and 4J Studios have announced.
As previously revealed, the current-gen consoles versions will contain “significantly bigger worlds” and a greater draw distance.
All features from the most recent Xbox 360 title update will also be included.
Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will cost $19.99 and if you already own the Xbox 360 Edition or played online with the disc version, you will be able to upgrade to Xbox One Edition for $4.99 for a minimum of a year after the release date.
You will also be able to import world saves, but you won’t be able to transfer saves from Xbox One to Xbox 360.
“Cross platform play will not be possible between Xbox 360 and Xbox One,” said Microsoft. “Many, but not all, of the DLC skins and texture packs you’ve purchased for Xbox 360 Edition will be available for use in Xbox One Edition.
“We’d like to say all your DLC would transfer, but some of the items are trapped in licensing deals that are too boring to get into here. We’ll have more on this soon.”
The Playstation 3 + Vita Edition will include all the features from the most recent PS3 version, including online play on Vita.
This means everyone who has bought Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition from PSN will get it on Vita for free through Cross-buy. The firms are working with Sony into ways to enable an upgrade from the Blu-ray version.
Minecraft: Playstation 3 + Vita Edition will cost $19.99 and saves are transferable between the PS3 and Vita versions and all PS3 DLC will work.
Like the previously mentioned versions, the PS4 game will also run you $19.99, contains the recent PS3 version’s updates, and like with Xbox One, if purchased digitally you can upgrade your game for $4.99 for a minimum of a year from the PS4 release.
As with the Vita version, the developers are working on the option of upgrading from the Blu-ray disc version of Minecraft PS3 to PS4.
Saves from the Playstation 3 + Vita Edition or the PS3 version can be imported to PlayStation 4 but not from PS4 to PS3/Vita.
“Unfortunately, you won’t be able to transfer your saves from Playstation 4 to Playstation 3/Vita,” said Mojang. “There are technical reasons for this; we can make worlds bigger without too much stress, but shrinking them causes all kinds of problems.
“Cross-platform play will not be possible between PlayStation 3 + Vita Edition and Playstation 4 Edition.”
And, again, as with the Xbox One Edition, many, but not all, of the DLC skins and texture packs purchased will be available for use in the PlayStation 4 Edition.
Again, all versions mentioned above will be released in August.
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