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'Minecraft PS3 Edition' DLC, patch, PS4 and Vita cross-buy features discussed

'Minecraft PS3 Edition' Skin Pack 1
'Minecraft PS3 Edition' Skin Pack 1
Photo courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment, used with permission

More DLC details for "Minecraft PS3 Edition" may have been posted. According to a report from Push Square on May 5, the Candy Texture Pack and Natural Texture Pack are going to be added to the PS3 port. However, 4J Studios will have to first update the video game with the 1.06 patch in order to add compatibility to the new DLC expansions.

Candy Texture Pack and Natural Texture Pack are already available for "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition." The first DLC was released last month on April 15 as it turned the textures into something that resembles the "Hansel and Gretel" fairy tale. The Natural Texture Pack, which adds more nature-related visuals, came out for the Xbox 360 port last year on Oct. 18.

Only five DLC packs have been released for far for "Minecraft PS3 Edition." The Festive Skin Pack came out at the launch of the digital version of the console port on the Playstation Store late last year. The City Texture Pack, Plastic Texture Pack, Skin Pack 1 as well as the Battle and Beats expansions came out earlier this year on March 27. You can find a screen featuring one of the DLC packs from the official Playstation Twitter page with the photo located near the top side of this article.

Push Square also believed that a cross-buy promotion could be announced for "Minecraft PS3 Edition" as well as the upcoming "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Vita Edition." As a result, customers could theoretically pay for the price of one game in order to download the same title across all Playstation platforms. The cross-buy promotion is used to add value to the purchase while Sony Computer Entertainment could also benefit as it encourages the players to own multiple Sony-branded consoles.

Mojang previously hinted that worlds created in "Minecraft PS3 Edition" could be transferred to "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and possibly "Minecraft Vita Edition." However, the company did not revealed if the reverse is possible. It may especially be difficult for the PS4 version as the next-generation port may feature bigger worlds.

The development team at 4J Studios is currently focusing on four projects. "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Vita Edition" should be released before the conclusion of the third quarter in 2014. "Minecraft Xbox One Edition" is also expected to come out sometime this year. The studio is also working on the 1.06 patch for the PS3 version, which would then lead to the releases of the Candy Texture Pack, Natural Texture Pack and other DLC expansions.

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