Owen Hill from Mojang has taken to their website to finally confirm a few details for the upcoming Vita version of Minecraft. He says:
- 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.
- If you’ve bought Minecraft: Playstation 3 Edition from PSN you’ll be able to upgrade for free.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
This is incredible news, especially with Cross-save and Cross-buy. The only problem we have now is waiting until August! The Vita version will be able to transfer save into the PS4 Edition, but not the other way, due to the increased world size on the PS4.