Minecraft will be released digitally for the PlayStation Vita next week on Tuesday, October 14 for $19.99, according to a blog post on the PlayStation Blog earlier today. The game will see a retail release on November 11. Sony has also detailed the option to transfer data between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions.
“With the portability benefits of PS Vita and its dual analog control system, you can now transfer your existing Minecraft PS3 Edition save to and from the PS Vita Edition, and continue to build, explore, and conquer anytime, anywhere. When you’re done, simply transfer your save to the PS4 Edition for the ultimate Minecraft experience!” states the blog. In addition, Sony has elaborated on the cross-buy features. Those who buy the Vita version of Minecraft on the PlayStation Store can download the PS3 version for free and upgrade to the PS4 version for $4.99.
Included in the retail copy of Minecraft for the Vita is a voucher code that can be entered to download the Vita and PS3 versions and interested gamers can still upgrade to the PS4 version for $4.99. Existing PS3 owners, either digital or retail, can simply download the Vita version for free. The cross-buy feature is only available for PS3 and Vita owners; PS4 owners cannot download the Vita or PS3 version for free.