PlayStation Vita Edition
|This page describes an edition of the game that has been officially discontinued.|
This edition is no longer updated or available for download
Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition was the edition of Minecraft for the handheld console PlayStation Vita in development by 4J Studios for and alongside Mojang. A hidden teaser was hinted by 4J Studios on Twitter in April 2014 where a PlayStation Vita displaying Minecraft in the background of the main focus of the image could be seen, and a screenshot published a month later along with them confirming the edition was being developed. Following the announcement, Jens Bergensten (Jeb) also added that it was based on PlayStation 3 Edition.
PlayStation 3 Edition also has some level of connectivity with PlayStation Vita Edition; the game at the PlayStation Store incorporates the so-called Cross-Buy feature, which makes players get one of the two editions for free when purchasing either one of them. Saved worlds are also transferable between the consoles.
PlayStation Vita Edition also uses ad hoc networking for "on the go" and online multiplayer, but instead of 8 players in one game, it supports up to 4 players.
PlayStation Vita Edition became available for purchase on the PlayStation Network on October 14 in North America and on October 15 in Europe. It had a retail release in stores on November 11 (North America), November 19 (Europe) and November 21 (United Kingdom and Ireland).
PlayStation Vita Edition's final feature update is the Update Aquatic.
Cross compatibility with PS3
Through Sony's "Cross Buy" initiative, owners of PlayStation 3 Edition are able to download PlayStation Vita Edition at no additional cost. Since the PSVita Edition is based on the PlayStation 3 Edition, saves on the PlayStation 3 Edition are compatible with PS Vita Edition and vice versa via an online upload to PlayStation Network.
This does not apply to PlayStation 4 Edition. It is only possible to do a one-way save transfer from PS3 to PS4. There was also a major discount for previous owners of the PlayStation 3 edition, however, since February 25, 2016, there is no longer such a discount on PS4 Edition for owners of the PS3 Edition.
- As production of PlayStation Vita cartridges have been discontinued, the only way to purchase the PlayStation Vita Edition is to buy the game digitally via the PlayStation Store. Another option is to order a physical copy from re-sellers from websites like Ebay and Amazon, but buying a digital copy may be more viable.
- The popularity of this version of Minecraft in Japan produced a bundle with a Minecraft-themed backplate on the PlayStation Vita console, along with a downloadable Minecraft voucher, and a Minecraft-themed carrying case for the Vita.
- 4J Studios, https://twitter.com/4JStudios/status/370111405216649216%7CHappy to confirm we're developing Minecraft PS3, PS4 & PS Vita Editions for Mojang, as well as Xbox 360 & Xbox One Editions!|August 21, 2013}}
- 4J Studios, "Perfect Dark XBLA is on sale at 70% off just now! Perfect reason to finally open this ;)", Twitter, 2014-04-11.
- 4J Studios, "We're working on it! Here's a screenshot." Twitter, 2014-05-12.
- Jeb, "MC:Vita screenshot! (It's based on the PS3 Edition)". Twitter, 2014-05-12.
- Sony is shutting down production of physical Vita games, Polygon, May 18, 2019