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E3 2014: 'Minecraft' for PS4, Xbox One get trailer and screens but little else

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With so many new game announcements at E3 2014, “Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition” and “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” have gotten very little attention. A trailer for the PS4 version of the open-world sandbox game was released early Tuesday though along with screenshots of the Xbox One version not long prior.

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The “Minecraft: PS4 Edition” trailer doesn’t break any new ground with the game but does confirm several things that will be available when the game releases this August. Four-player split-screen will return as expected and the Playstation Texture Pack with characters from “Ratchet and Clank,” “Uncharted” and other exclusive titles will be available as well.

Meanwhile, the “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” screenshots aren’t particularly revealing either. However, they do reveal a nicely built castle sporting an Xbox logo on the middle tower.

“Minecraft” for the PS Vita made a brief appearance as well but it was as part of a sizzle reel of multiple games for the handheld. In all, it appeared for approximately five seconds on screen.

That’s not to say that “Minecraft” is completely absent from E3 2014. Demo stations for the game are present in the Sony and Microsoft booths. However, it’s also understandable why the game didn’t make a big splash this year. The gaming public is already intimately familiar with the title and there are no major breaking announcements for it on the PS4, Xbox One and PS Vita.

What we do know is that “Minecraft: PS4 Edition,” “Xbox One Edition” and “PS Vita Edition” will launch this August for $19.99. Existing PS3 owners will get the PS Vita version for free and can upgrade to the PS4 version for just $5. Meanwhile, existing Xbox 360 owners will be able to upgrade to the Xbox One version of “Minecraft” for $5 as well.

Existing “Minecraft” console owners will also be able to transfer the worlds over to the new editions. Likewise, existing Texture Packs, Skin Packs and Mash-Up Packs will transfer too with a few exceptions due to licensing arrangements.

“Minecraft” on the PS4 and Xbox One will also feature larger, but not infinite, worlds. The last estimate given by developer 4J Studios was that the game worlds were 36 times larger than what is available for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Draw distances are also vastly improved based on comparison screenshots that were released earlier.

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