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'Minecraft: PS Vita Edition' touchscreen controls are limited, video shows

Minecraft” for the PS4, Xbox One and PS Vita were on the show floor at E3 2014. A new video released Saturday has one show attendee going hands on with “Minecraft: PS Vita Edition” and demonstrating the limited touchscreen controls in the process.

Minecraft: PS Vita Edition
Image courtesy of Sony, used with permission.

Player vs Game managed to get pull together some excellent off-screen video of ”Minecraft: PS Vita Edition.” The video shows that it does very much look like the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. However, 4J Studios implementation of the touchscreen controls is either incomplete at the moment or very limited.

The video shows the user able to select items on the hotbar with their thumb to use during gameplay. However, the touchscreen controls are not enabled for any of the crafting or other menus, requiring the use of the shoulder buttons and thumbsticks to navigate just like the current console versions.

This is notable because both Mojang and 4J Studios have said that “Minecraft: PS4 Edition” will make use of the touchpad on the DualShock 4 controller. The touchpad can be used to “navigate all the menus (and craft)” according Mojang’s Owen Hill in a post on the PS Blog. Meanwhile, 4J wrote on Twitter that, “The PS4 touchpad is quite nice for navigating the Creative UI.”

Interestingly, the “Minecraft” video from Player vs Game did show one benefit from not using the PS Vita touchscreen. The screen became smudged and hard to see as the player tried to use touchscreen, which was distracting in some of the darker parts of the play-through.

“Minecraft: PS Vita Edition” is currently scheduled to be released sometime this August along with the “PS4 Edition” and “Xbox One Edtion.” Those that already own “Minecraft: PS3 Edition” will get the game for free as part of Sony’s Cross-buy program. If you don’t already own it, then you essentially will get the game on two platforms for $19.99. Upgrading to the “PS4 Edition” will cost $5.

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