After last week’s retail launch of the Playstation 3 edition of Minecraft, which made the popular sandbox title available to purchase as a physical disc rather than a digital download, the 4J Studios title now has yet another way to further dominate game sales. As the developer revealed on May 22, the new PS3 edition of Minecraft took the number one spot on the US sales charts this past week while Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition managed to claim the second.
Previously only available as a digital download, Minecraft for the Playstation 3 first launched on the PS Store last December. Earlier this month, however, the game received a physical retail release. A similar release schedule was also seen previously on the Xbox 360. It was one year after the launch of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition in 2012 that the original console version of the popular block-building title saw its physical retail release as well.
It’s important to note that these sales charts only include retail sales, meaning that the home console editions of Minecraft actually sold many more digital copies in addition to of the figures which already caused the games to top the charts. The franchise sales will only continue to grow later this year as versions of Minecraft are set to release on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PS Vita in August.
Minecraft is currently available in stores or for download on both the Xbox 360 and PS3. Those who already own Minecraft on home consoles will be able to digitally upgrade their copy to a next-gen version for $5. Additionally, players will be able to import their world saves to the Xbox One and Playstation 4 so that they may continue where they left off. However, fans won’t be able to transfer next-gen save files back to the Xbox 360 or PS3 due to differences in world size between the two generations of hardware.