Mojang’s Owen Hill confirmed some details about “Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition” and “Minecraft: PS Vita Edition” in some comments at the Playstation Blog on Tuesday. This includes both the release window and cross-save compatibility between the PS3 and PS4.
According to Hill, “Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition” and “Minecraft: PS Vita Edition” will be released in the second or third quarter of 2014. That puts the launch date range for both versions from today all the way through the end of September. It’s safe to say that the “Xbox One Edition” has the same release window since 4J Studios and Microsoft will want to have it out at approximately the same time as the PS4 release.
Hill also stated that “You should be able to bring your PS3 save to PS4.” This was mentioned by 4J Studios previously as something they were looking into for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One but it looks like the Playstation platform just got the confirmation that you’ll be able to take your “Minecraft: PS3 Edition” saves and port them to the “PS4 Edition”. Transferring over worlds created on the PS Vita is still up in the air.
There also appears to be some Cross-buy and Cross-play compatibility between the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita. Mojang doesn’t have any details yet but it appears to involve not only the game itself but all DLC (i.e. Texture Packs and Skins Packs) purchased.
It was also confirmed once again that “Minecraft: PS4 Edition” (and “Xbox One Edition”) will not suffer from any of the limitations as the “PS3 Edition”. Players will be able to create infinite-sized worlds thanks to the 8GB of memory and hard drive installed by default. The PS Vita version, however, will share the same codebase as the “PS3 Edition” and “Xbox 360 Edition” and will be limited on the size of the world that can be created.
Over at the European Playstation Blog, Hill said, “The Vita version will be up-to-date with the console versions. I’ve not tested it myself, but I expect the framerate will be lovely and smooth.”