Although more limited than their PC counterparts thanks to the inability to install mods, the console editions of sandbox classic Minecraft have proven to be very popular in their own right.
According to Mojang's Owen Hill, writing in the comments of a recent PlayStation Blog post, PlayStation 4 and Vita versions of the game can be expected in the second or third quarter of this year. And those who have already been playing the PlayStation 3 version -- which is set to be released in physical format next month, much like its Xbox 360 counterpart -- will be able to transfer their world and creations into at least the PlayStation 4 version and possibly the Vita version, too.
"The plan is to enable users to transfer from PS3 to PS4," he said. "We’re still working out how it’ll work with the Vita version." It sounds as if the Vita version will have a few limitations enforced on it compared to the console editions -- a smaller maximum world size could potentially cause difficulty when importing a particularly sprawling save from the PS3 version, for example.
Hill noted that news on cross-buy or upgrade options for the game would be revealed "soon" because the details were still being worked out and he didn't want to make false promises to the community. It sounds as if there will be something in place, though whether it's as generous as giving owners of the PS3 version the PS4 and Vita versions for free remains to be seen as yet.
The retail PS3 version of Minecraft, meanwhile, will be fully up to date with all the content from the digital version, including the new material from the recent Update 14, including emeralds, Ender Chests and potatoes. Watch out for it early next month.