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'Minecraft' PS3, PS4, Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One DLC transfer details clarified

'Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition' Mass Effect DLC
'Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition' Mass Effect DLC
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

Owen Hill has clarified some details in regards to the DLC transfer for the console ports of "Minecraft." According to a report from Tech Digest TV on May 23, the representative from Mojang first confirmed that a majority of expansion packs will be imported from "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition" to "Minecraft Xbox One Edition" and from "Minecraft PS3 Edition" to "Minecraft PS4 Edition." However, some of the DLC can't be transferred due to legal reasons.

A few of the contents are tied to licensing deals. Although no specific pack was mentioned, "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition" does feature some items from external properties. The most notable ones are the "Marvel" skin packs as well as the "Mass Effect" and "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" mash-up packs. Mojang may have to jump through several legal hoops in order to transfer DLC to "Minecraft Xbox One Edition." On the other hand, the PS3 port does not use any external licenses so far. More details should be provided in regards to this situation in the near future.

For "Minecraft Vita Edition," all downloadable contents can directly be transferred from "Minecraft PS3 Edition." Mojang previously revealed that both games are part of the "cross-buy" initiative, as customers can acquire the two for the price of one. Furthermore, current owners of the PS3 port will be able to download the upcoming Vita iteration for free.

The open-world sandbox game is priced at $19.99 on all platforms. However, PS3 and Xbox 360 players who already purchased the current-generation console versions can upgrade to the PS4 and Xbox One versions for $4.99. The main incentive to upgrade to the next-generation options is the exponentially bigger world size.

A release date window of Aug. has been set for the upcoming "Minecraft PS4 Edition," "Minecraft Vita Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition." The ports are being developed at 4J Studios, the same company that ported the same game on the PS3 and Xbox 360. A screen featuring one of the DLC packs from the software product on Microsoft's current-generation console can be seen near the top of this article (courtesy of the 4J Studios Twitter page).