The Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PS Vita editions of Minecraft were expected to join 4J Studios existing console versions of the popular sandbox creation title this past month. However, the new Minecraft ports failed to release in August and now fans are hoping to see them launch at some point this month. The small development team has clearly focused on finishing Minecraft for next-gen consoles after a report by VG247 on Sept. 2 revealed that the handheld PS Vita version is currently further from release than the ttitle’s Xbox One and PS4 counterparts.
While Minecraft’s next-gen ports are currently only waiting on their final certification approval before release, 4J Studios revealed that the PS Vita edition isn’t quite ready to undergo the testing phase. The developer confirmed that the upcoming handheld port of the block-building title still has more work to be done and is thus not as far along as the Xbox One and PS4 editions of the game. As a result, fans should expect the Vita launch of Minecraft to be delayed later than the upcoming new-gen console versions.
4J Studios has now submitted both next-gen editions of the game to Microsoft and Sony to begin their final certification process. Once the tests are concluded, the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Minecraft will be ready to release on Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. This is the second time that the developer has submitted the game to Sony after their first attempt failed certification. The issues that Sony discovered were corrected before being resubmitted. If the clients pass the test this time, Minecraft should release on the Xbox One and PS4 in early September.