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'Minecraft' PS4, Xbox One and Vita updates on development posted

'Minecraft Vita Edition'
'Minecraft Vita Edition'
Photo courtesy of 4J Studios, used with permission

The development updates have been posted for the upcoming PS4, Xbox One and Vita versions of "Minecraft." According to a report from The Epoch Times on Aug. 1, a representative from 4J Studios stated that the studio is still in the process of fixing several glitches found in the ports. The same individual went on to thank fans for their patience.

Mojang, the original creator behind the video game, previously announced that "Minecraft PS4 Edition," "Minecraft Xbox One Edition" and "Minecraft Vita Edition" should be coming out sometime later this month. The company still has not yet narrow down a release date although it is supposedly launching in the near future. Furthermore, a television advertisement also recently showed that the portable version is coming out next month instead.

The aforementioned comments by the 4J Studios representative hinted that development could be taking longer than expected. "Minecraft PS4 Edition" and "Minecraft Xbox One Edition" both introduced new features such as bigger worlds along with the ability to transfer saves from the other console iterations. The development team is also allowing players to transfer most of the DLC packs to the next-generation games. These new additions could have caused extra problems for the studio.

"Minecraft Vita Edition" could have propped up other issues for 4J Studios as well. The handheld version is planning to include all of the features from the PS3 and Xbox 360 editions although the portable system is not as powerful. 4J Studios also had to implement touch screen controls as well as the DLC and save transfer features.

All three games will be priced at $19.99 initially. However, Mojang is also offering several promotional discounts. As a result, it will only cost players $4.99 when upgrading from the PS3 to the PS4 game and from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One. Furthermore, the Vita version includes the cross-buy feature with the PS3 iteration, meaning that users are able to get both games for the price of one. A screen of the handheld game can be found on top of this article (via the Twitter account of 4J Studios).