4J Studios' Playstation 3 edition of Minecraft, which released in December of last year, is currently only available as a digital download from the PS Store. However, the official Playstation Blog announced on April 16 that fans will be able to purchase a physical copy of the game exactly one month from today.
Starting on May 16, Minecraft: PS3 Edition will become available for purchase inside brick and mortar stores thanks to the upcoming physical retail disc release. This will allow those without an internet connection, in addition to anyone worried about monthly data caps, to be able to play the game that was previously only obtainable through a download.
It was assumed that the Playstation 3 edition of Minecraft would eventually receive a physical disc launch considering that 4J Studios released a similar retail copy for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition last summer following the initial launch of the Microsoft edition of the game a year before. The physical disc release of Minecraft: PS3 Edition will also come pre-loaded with all content from Title Update 14. This means that gamers will be able to enjoy Adventure Mode without having to download any additional patches.
4J Studios also recently revealed that the PS3 version of Minecraft will receive two new DLC add-ons alongside the upcoming release of Title Update 16. Fans of the game on the Sony console will be able to purchase both the Candy Texture Pack and the Natural Texture Pack once Patch 1.06 becomes available for download.
Minecraft: PS3 Edition is available now as a digital-only download from the Playstation Store. Those wanting a disc version of the game will be able to pick one up on May 16. In addition to continuing to release new content for the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of Minecraft, 4J Studios is also currently developing current-gen versions of the game for release on Xbox One and PS4.