4J Studios has been working hard recently to prepare for this month’s scheduled launch of Minecraft on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PS Vita. Being the first of the new versions to be delivered for final certification testing, the developer announced on Aug. 12 that the PS4 edition of the sandbox creation title has now officially been delivered to Sony. Once the title undergoes one final test, it will finally be released over the Playstation Network.
It is unknown why only the PS4 version of the game is ready to begin its certification test while the Xbox One and PS Vita editions still require a bit more work before their testing process can start. However, it is expected that the remainder of the upcoming console ports will also be finished in the coming days.
There isn’t a guaranteed time for how long the certification process will take as it differs on every game, but every single title that appears on either Xbox Live or the Playstation Network must pass a similar test performed by Microsoft and Sony respectively. With the popularity of Minecraft, along with the sales that the series drives, it is likely that both first parties will try their best to complete the certification testing for the new Minecraft editions in order let them become available for purchase as soon as possible.
Once Minecraft: PS4 Edition has completed its certification test; the new-gen version of the block-filled game will like become available to download on the PSN immediately. Those who currently own the game on PS3 will be able to digitally upgrade to the Playstation 4 version for the discounted price of $5. Additionally, gamers will be able to transfer their existing save files to the new platform in order to continue playing inside the same world. Xbox 360 fans will enjoy the same benefits at the launch of the Xbox One version of the game.