Minecraft Xbox One, PS4 Update: 4J Studios Says Release Date is Close as Multiplayer Details Revealed

By Zack
July 14, 2014 4:04 pm Last Updated: July 14, 2014 6:43 pm

The Minecraft Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions are close to completion, with a release date pegged for August 2014.

The game is being developed by 4J Studios in concert with Mojang.

“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel! #MinecraftXbox1 #MinecraftPS4 #MinecraftPSVita,” the company told players recently via Twitter.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Roger Carpenter gave details about the multiplayer support for the Xbox One version.

He told a questioner that the game will enable 8-players at release “but we will continue working to allow more players in a future update.”

Developers previously clarified that worlds will not be “infinite” in the next-gen versions but will be about 36 times larger.

The studio also previously announced that players will be able to import saved worlds from PlayStation 3 to Playstation 4 and from Xbox 360 to Xbox One.

The price for the versions will reportedly be $59.96.

Mojang also gave other details about the game:

“Xbox One:

-Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will be released on Xbox Live Marketplace in August. It brings significantly bigger worlds and a greater draw distance than Xbox 360 Edition.
-It will include all the features from the most recent Xbox 360 title update.
-Minecraft: Xbox One Edition will cost $19.99.
-If you’ve bought Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition from Xbox Live Marketplace, or played online with the disc version, you will be able to upgrade to Xbox One Edition for $4.99.
You will be able to upgrade for a minimum of a year after the release date.
-Players with Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition saves will be able to import their worlds to Xbox One. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to transfer saves from Xbox One to Xbox 360. We can make worlds bigger without too much stress, but shrinking them causes all kinds of problems.
-Cross platform play will not be possible between Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
-Many, but not all, of the DLC skins and texture packs you’ve purchased for Xbox 360 Edition will be available for use in Xbox One Edition. We’d like to say all your DLC would transfer, but some of the items are trapped in licensing deals that are too boring to get into here. We’ll have more on this soon.

PS3 / PS Vita:

-Minecraft: Playstation 3 + Vita Edition will be available on the PSN in August.
It will include all the features from the most recent Playstation 3 version, including online play on Vita.
-This means everyone who has bought Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition from PSN will get it on Vita for free. Those fluent in Sony-speak might refer to the deal as “Cross-buy.”
-We are working closely with Sony Computer Entertainment to look into ways to enable upgrade from the Blu-ray disc version of Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition to Minecraft: Playstation 3 and Vita. We’ll have more info on this closer to release.
-Minecraft: Playstation 3 + Vita Edition will cost $19.99.
-It doesn’t matter if you buy for PS3 or Vita first, you own the game for both platforms.
-Saves are transferrable between the Playstation 3 and Vita versions of Minecraft. You will be able to craft at home on your Playstation 3, then continue on the bus/toilet with your Playstation Vita.
-All of the DLC you’ve purchased for Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition will work on Playstation 3 + Vita Edition.

PS4:

-Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition will be released on the PSN in August. It brings significantly bigger worlds and a greater draw distance than Playstation 3 + Vita Edition.
-It will include all the features from the most recent Playstation 3 version.
-Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition will cost $19.99.
-If you’ve bought Playstation 3 Edition from the Playstation Network you will be able to upgrade for $4.99.
-You will be able to upgrade for a minimum of a year after the release date.
-We are working closely with Sony Computer Entertainment to look into ways to enable upgrade from the Blu-ray disc version of Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition to Minecraft: Playstation 4 Edition. We’ll have more info on this closer to release.
-Players with Playstation 3 Edition or Playstation 3 + Vita Edition saves will be able to import their worlds to Playstation 4. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to transfer your saves from —- -Playstation 4 to Playstation 3/Vita. There are technical reasons for this; we can make worlds bigger without too much stress, but shrinking them causes all kinds of problems.
-Cross-platform play will not be possible between Playstation 3 + Vita Edition and Playstation 4 Edition.
-Many, but not all, of the DLC skins and texture packs you’ve purchased for Playstation 3 Edition will be available for use in Playstation 4 Edition. We’d like to say all your DLC would transfer but some of the items are trapped in licensing deals that are too boring to get into here. We’ll have more on this soon.