Originally expected to launch in August, the Xbox One and Playstation 4 editions of Minecraft seemed to have missed that window. However, it not looks like they are set to release shortly after 4J Studios announced on Aug. 29 that they have now sent the Xbox One version to Microsoft to being the certification process. The news follows the developer’s earlier announcement that the PS4 port is also currently being tested by Sony.
Certification tests are the final step in a game’s development before release. During the process, Microsoft and Sony independently look over the submitted title to ensure that it meets all specifications and requirements to be released on Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. If a game is found to have bugs or other issues, then it is sent back to the developer to fix. This happened earlier this month with the PS4 edition of Minecraft which was sent back after it failed Sony’s tests. 4J Studios has since resolved the issues and has now resubmitted the game for certification once more.
Generally, the certification process takes around a week to complete. This means that fans could expect to see the Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of Minecraft to release as early as next week assuming that both editions pass their certification test. Those who currently own Minecraft on last-gen consoles will be able to digitally upgrade their copies to the new platforms for a discounted price. They will also be able to import their existing save files in order to continue playing inside the same world.