World of Minecraft Games for PS4, PS Vita & Xbox One: Minecraft Next-Gen Edition to Be Released in August
Earlier this month, Wal-Mart listed the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition for sale this coming December on its website but this week comes word that the next-gen console versions will be released at the end of summer instead.
Swedish game developer Mojang announced Thursday that the Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition would be released in August and priced at $20 -- a roughly $40 difference between the price Wal-Mart set it at -- TIME Magazine reported.
New versions will also be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, however the Xbox One and PS4 editions will have "significantly bigger worlds and a greater draw distance.
For gamers who already have the first 360 and PS3 Editions and own both the Xbox 360 and the One or the PS3 and the PS4, users can upgrade and transfer the game to the newest console counterparts for $5. Mojang is even offering a one-year period beginning from the August release date to purchase the $5 upgrade, TIME reported.
The PS Vita and PS3 Edition will cost $20 together as saves are transferable between the two platforms. Users can play on their PS3s and pick up from where they left off on this Vitas to play on the run.
Microsoft has said in the past that the majority of the users' downloaded skins and texture packs are transferable but some, which Microsoft has yet to specify, would not be able to because they're not supported on the Xbox One.
Since being released in May 2012, the Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has remained a top selling console video game every month, according to TIME.
The popular virtual sandbox video game, developed for Microsoft and Sony's consoles by 4J Studios, raked in $326 million in revenue in 2013 alone.
Part of the game's success is its multi-platform availability as users can play it on computers including PC, Mac and Linux, on the Microsoft and Sony consoles, or on mobile devices running on Android and iOS.
Mojang AB was an independent video game developer founded in May 2009 by Markus Persson. Based in Stockholm, Persson and company were the minds behind Minecraft.
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