PlayStation 3 Edition
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Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (also known as Minecraft: PS3 Edition) is the PlayStation 3 edition of Minecraft, developed by 4J Studios for Mojang. Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition is the first edition of Minecraft to be released on the Japanese-manufactured console.
Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition was announced at Sony'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 is discontinued, but the game's final update is 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.
4J Studios plans to produce Skin Packs as downloadable content. Each Skin Pack is 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.
- 4J Studios, "Happy to confirm we're developing Minecraft PS3, PS4 & PS Vita Editions for Mojang, as well as Xbox 360 & Xbox One Editions!", Twitter, 2013-08-21.
- Dinnerbone, "Minecraft was just announced for Playstation 3 & 4!…", Twitter, 2013-08-20.
- Jeb, "The wait is over! RT @carlmanneh Minecraft comes to...", Twitter, 2013-12-16.
- Hat Films, ""Minecraft - Official PS3 Retail Trailer"" – via YouTube, YouTube, 2014-04-25.