After it was announced this week that 4J Studio’s upcoming Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PS Vita editions of Minecraft will be launching this summer, players who plan on picking up the game on Sony’s handheld were given yet another surprise. Mojang revealed on May 22 that the PS Vita will feature cross-buy support with the Playstation 3 version of Minecraft when it launches in August. Furthermore, the functionality will be retroactive by allowing anyone who currently owns Minecraft: PS3 Edition to also download the game for free on PS Vita when it releases.
Giving the PS Vita edition of Minecraft to those who already own the game on PS3 isn’t the only special offer that is being extended to players who have previously purchased the game on either Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. The sandbox creation title will also launch on next-gen consoles this summer and anyone who owns an existing cop of Minecraft on the older hardware will be able to digitally upgrade to the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game for only $5.
Minecraft on PS Vita will be identical to the current versions of the game that appear on last-gen consoles. The upcoming Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of Minecraft, however, will feature much larger world sizes as well as improved draw distances.
Minecraft first launched on home consoles two years ago with the release of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. The game also finally became available on the Playstation 3 late last year. Like the Xbox 360 title before it, Minecraft: PS3 Edition also received a physical retail disc release last week. The current console versions, along with the Pocket Edition and the original PC title, have now sold more than 50 million copies combined. Later this summer, Minecraft’s total franchise sales should reach new milestones after the game launches on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PS Vita.