Now that Title Update 15 has released for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, along with Patch 1.05 on the Playstation 3 version of the sandbox creation game, 4J Studios has announced their plans to begin work on Patch 1.06 for PS3 in addition to working on launching Minecraft on both Xbox One and PS4. While no mention has been made regarding the release of TU16 for Xbox 360, a report by Culture Mob on April 21 points out that the next title update will also likely be launching alongside the upcoming PS3 patch.
Ever since the Playstation 3 edition of Minecraft released late last year, 4J Studios has kept similar time tables for when update patches are released on both current console versions of the game. Furthermore, while the updates are named different on each platform, the patches are also numbered similarly to avoid confusion. For example, the previous release was known as Title Update 15 on Xbox 360 but the same content was titled Patch 1.05 on PS3.
If the trend continues then the upcoming Patch 1.06 for Minecraft: PS3 Edition, which has been confirmed to be in development, would be accompanied by TU16 on Xbox 360 if the past provides any indication. 4J Studios has only stated that Patch 1.06 will allow the developer to release the Candy Texture Pack and the Natural Texture Pack on Playstation 3 version of the game. However, both of those particular DLC add-ons are currently already available to Xbox 360 players. So it is unclear what additional features the next patch might actually bring to the game.
Minecraft can now be downloaded from both Xbox Live and the PS Store. A physical copy of the Xbox 360 version can be purchased in stores now while 4J studios just announced that Minecraft: PS3 Edition will receive a retail disc launch next month.
Update: Those who anticipating picking up the physical retail release for Minecraft: PS3 Edition when it releases next month should be aware that the disc copy of the game won't come with any content that was released later than Patch 1.04 according to a report by The Fuse Joplin on April 23. This means that even if Patch 1.06 manages to launch in the next few weeks that it won't be included on the retail disc nor will the bug fixes that were introduced with the launch of Patch 1.05.
While the updates are free to download, gamers wanting to pick up a physical copy of the game might be interested in purchasing a non-download version due to a lack of internet connection and therefore be unable to acquire the free title updates. Anyone who plans to purchase the retail disc of the PS3 edition of Minecraft should be aware that they will have to download content on day one if they want access to the latest features of the game.