While Minecraft first launched on the Playstation 3 late last year as a digital-only download, the game will receive a physical retail disc release this Friday. After it was revealed last month that 4J Studios’ Minecraft: PS3 Edition would be heading to retail, the official Playstation Bog announced on May 11 that the game will become available in stores later this very week.
4J Studios followed a similar release schedule for the Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft, which was the first version of the game available on home consoles. However it was nearly a full 12 months after the digital download of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition was released on Xbox Live Arcade before the fans saw a retail disc launched for the game. That turnaround time for PS3 owners has been significantly shortened as there will be a physical disc launched just five months after the title first released on the PS Store.
The PS3 version of Minecraft, like all editions of the game released thus far, has seen phenomenal sales numbers since launching last December. After receiving a retail release later this week, the sales of the game should see an even stronger boost as those without an internet connection or who suffer limiting monthly data caps will be able to pick up the game for the first time.
Minecraft is available now as a digital download on both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. After this Friday, both versions will also have retail copies that are physically available in stores. Also expanding the franchise’s console availability, 4J Studios is currently working on next-gen versions of the popular creation title. Xbox One and PS4 editions of Minecraft are expected to release later this year in addition to a handheld version for the PS Vita. Fans will also be able to import their existing save file to the games’ next-gen counterparts.