4J Studios has given fans an early look at the upcoming release of Minecraft on the PS Vita that is expected to launch next month on the Sony handheld device. The developer shared a new in-game image of Minecraft: PS Vita Edition on July 16 which provides gamers with a look at how the block-filled world of the popular franchise will appear on the portable platform.
The image displays four-player co-op that the developer has recently confirmed to be accessable either online or the handheld’s ad-hoc capabilities. Furthermore, the screenshot shows off a new custom skin pack for the PS Vita version of Minecraft that will feature characters from other gaming series such as Castle Crashers.
The PS Vita edition of Minecraft will run on the same build that can currently be found on both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The PS Vita version will also feature cross-save and cross-buy support with the PS3. This means that anyone who already owns Minecraft on the Playstation 3 will be able to download the title for no additional cost when it launches on the PS Vita. Additionally, fans can access the same save file on both the PS3 and PS Vita so that they can choose to play the same game save on either platform.
Minecraft: PS Vita Edition will launch in August alongside new console ports of the title that will bring the game to the Xbox One and Playstation 4. The new-gen versions of the sandbox creation title will feature world sizes that are 36 times larger than those currently found on consoles. Players will also be able to import their existing save files to the Xbox One and PS4 and they will eventually be able to force the game to increase the map size of older saves to benefit the larger world sizes but that feature won’t be available at launch.