PlayStation 3 Edition
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Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition is the PlayStation 3 edition of the Legacy Console Edition of Minecraft, developed by 4J Studios for Mojang Studios. Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition is the first edition of Minecraft to be released on the Sony-manufactured console.
Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition was announced at Sony Interactive Entertainment's exhibit at Gamescom 2013, along with the PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita, and was officially released on Tuesday, December 17 in North America, and Wednesday, December 18, 2013 in Europe, on the PlayStation Store for £12.85, $19.99, or €18.47 and is nearly identical to the Xbox 360 version.
The PlayStation 3 has been discontinued and the edition's final feature update was Update Aquatic.
On April 16, 2014, Sony announced the retail disc version of Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition, which was released on May 14, 2014 in Europe and on May 16, 2014 in North America. The game otherwise is identical to the downloadable version. Features such as buying or downloading content on the PlayStation Network are the same for both versions and they both update at the same time.
The gameplay is identical to Xbox 360 Edition.
4J Studios planned to produce Skin Packs as downloadable content. Each Skin Pack was said to include 40+ skins to choose from. The first Skin Pack for PlayStation 3, Festive Skin Pack was released on the same day when Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition was released which was December 17, 2013.
Skin Pack 1 was released on March 27, 2014.
The Battle & Beasts Skin Pack was also released on March 27, 2014.
Cross compatibility with PS Vita
Through Sony's "Cross Buy" initiative, owners of PlayStation 3 Edition are able to download PlayStation Vita Edition at no additional cost. Since the PS Vita Edition is based on the PS3 Edition, saves on PS3 Edition are compatible with PS Vita Edition and vice versa.
This does not apply to PlayStation 4 Edition. It is possible to do a one-way save transfer from PS3 to PS4. However, since February 25, 2016, there is no longer a discount on PS4 Edition for owners of PS3 Edition. As of April 15, 2020, it is no longer possible to transfer saves between PS3s, between PS Vitas and from PS3/PS Vita to PS4.
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- "Happy to confirm we're developing Minecraft PS3, PS4 & PS Vita Editions for Mojang, as well as Xbox 360 & Xbox One Editions!" – @4JStudios, August 21, 2013
- "Minecraft was just announced for Playstation 3 & 4!" – @Dinnerbone, August 20, 2013
- "The wait is over!" – @jeb_, December 16, 2013
- "Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition Coming to Retail May 16th" – PlayStation.Blog, April 16, 2014
- "Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition gets a Blu-ray release next month" – PlayStation.Blog.Europe, April 16, 2014
- "Enjoy saving your PlayStation game? | Minecraft" Sofia Dankis, April 3, 2020
- Hat Films, ""Minecraft - Official PS3 Retail Trailer"", YouTube, 2014-04-25.