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'Minecraft' nears PlayStation 4 launch

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The PlayStation 4 release of Mojang's smash-hit "Minecraft" could be on the horizon, according to a tweet Tuesday from developer 4J studios.

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"We've handed Minecraft: PlayStation®4 Edition over to Sony for final test!" The tweet reads.

Ever since officially debuting as a public alpha in 2008, "Minecraft" has gone on to sell more than 30 million copies across various platforms, including home consoles. Mojang announced in June the world-building sensation would arrive on next-generation consoles in August with the assistance of developer 4J Studios. The development group was responsible for porting "Minecraft" to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. With a little more than three weeks to go before the month's end, it looks as if 4J and Mojang will make their release window, but no concrete date has been released.

Those who already own the previous console versions can upgrade to their respective current-gen console versions for $5. Otherwise, it will cost $20. Mojang promises the world will be "a lot bigger," with 36 times the space for flagship construction. In addition, PS4 users can take advantage of the DualShock 4's touchpad for crafting and menu navigation. The PS4 version will also offer eight-player online play and four-player local play. 4J Studios has promised "a bunch of Sony-specific" DLC coming after release, but no further details have been released.

If no issues arise during the testing phase, players should hear word from Sony or 4J Studios in the coming days or weeks
There’s still no word on an official release date for the Xbox One version, but certain DLC packs from the Xbox 360 version will be available for download on the Xbox One.

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