While the PS3 edition of Minecraft will be finally getting a retail disc release this Friday, 4J Studios' upcoming Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game don’t seem to be too far behind. It was recently revealed that Minecraft on the Playstation 4 and PS Vita will also be heading for a retail release at some point before the third quarter ends this September according to a report by Christian Today on May 12.
Unlike the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 editions of Minecraft, which were released almost a year and a half apart from one another, the upcoming next-gen versions of the voxel-based sandbox title are expected to release at the same time. This means that Minecraft: Xbox One Edition would also be expected to launch within this same window.
When it was first announced last year that Minecraft would be heading to the new consoles, the games were originally expected to release as launch titles for the Xbox One and PS4. However, the new editions were delayed so that the developer could focus on all of the console versions of the block-building title. At the time, Minecraft: PS3 Edition hadn’t even been released and so the only console that the game as available on as the Xbox 360. 4J Studios naturally wanted to launch the game on PS3 before it released on next-gen platforms.
Minecraft is now fully available for download via Xbox Live Arcade and the PS Store. Like Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition before it, the PS3 version of the game will receive a retail disc release later this week. In addition to currently working to bring the game to Xbox One and PS4, 4J Studios is also actively developing a version of Minecraft for release on the PS Vita. As the number of platforms which feature their own edition of the game will greatly increase this year, the total sales of the franchise are expected to continue to reach new milestones.