The sales potential of "Minecraft PS4 Edition," "Minecraft Vita Edition," "Minecraft Xbox One Edition" has been speculated. According to a report from Scotland Now on July 3, the development team at 4J Studios believed that the open-world sandbox title can end up being the best-selling video game in history. Mojang, the original creator, previously stated that "Minecraft" has sold 54 million copies since being made available in 2009.
However, it will have a long way to go in order to match and potentially surpass "Tetris." The puzzle game has sold 134 million copies since coming out in 1984. It has been made available in practically all major gaming platforms, including being bundled with the original Game Boy, over the past three decades.
Mojang and 4J Studios are banking on "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition" to help drive sales for the video game. The two next-generation console versions will be the best looking and playing ones aside from the original PC iteration. Compared to the PS3, Vita and Xbox 360 games, the PS4 and Xbox One ports feature a bigger draw distance along with exponentially bigger worlds.
Although the Vita handheld has not yet done particularly well in terms of hardware sales, "Minecraft Vita Edition" should sell decently on the device as well. The portable system has a strong attach ratio when it comes to software products. Furthermore, Mojang teamed up with Sony Computer Entertainment to offer cross-buy. As a result, "Minecraft PS3 Edition" owners can download the Vita game for free and vice versa. Saves can also be transferred between the two titles at will as well.
Mojang is also giving "Minecraft PS3 Edition" players a discount for "Minecraft PS4 Edition" as they only have to pay $4.99 instead of the standard $19.99 price. The same promotion will be available for "Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition" players as well looking to upgrade to "Minecraft Xbox One Edition." Furthermore, the worlds can be transferred from the PS3 to the PS4 and from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One for those looking to move from the current-generation to the next-generation.
All three games are slated for a release later this Aug. in Europe and North America. The development team is planning to update all console versions at the same time with every new patch release. A screenshot featuring the next-generation ports from the 4J Studios Twitter webpage can be found near the top side of this article.