Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition is the Legacy Console Edition version of Minecraft for the handheld console PlayStation Vita in development by 4J Studios for and alongside Mojang Studios. 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.
The PlayStation 3 Edition also has some level of connectivity with the 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 were also transferable between the consoles.
The 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.
The 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). It was originally announced that Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition would no longer be available for digital purchase due to the PlayStation Store closing on the platform on August 27, 2021, however this statement was later retracted.
As of 1.84, the PlayStation Vita Edition has not received new feature updates, such as Village & Pillage, Buzzy Bees, the Nether Update, Caves & Cliffs, and so on. The PlayStation Vita Edition's most recent feature update is the Update Aquatic.
Update 1.84 removed the ability to transfer saves from PS Vita and PS3 systems to PS4, and fixed some bugs.
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 PlayStation Vita Edition is based on the PlayStation 3 Edition, saves on the PlayStation 3 Edition are compatible with PlayStation Vita Edition and vice versa via an online upload to PlayStation Network.
This does not apply to PlayStation 4 Edition. It was only possible to do a one-way save transfer from PS3 to PS4. As of April 15, 2020, it is no longer possible to transfer saves from PS3 to PS Vita and vice versa. 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 PlayStation 4 Edition for owners of the PlayStation 3 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 PS Vita.
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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 (4JStudios) on Twitter, August 21, 2013
- "Perfect Dark XBLA is on sale at 70% off just now! Perfect reason to finally open this ;)" – @4JStudios (4JStudios) on Twitter, April 11, 2014
- "We're working on it! Here's a screenshot." – @4JStudios (4JStudios) on Twitter, May 12, 2014
- "MC:Vita screenshot! (It's based on the PS3 Edition)" – @jeb_ (Jens Bergensten) on Twitter, May 12, 2014
- "#MinecraftPSVita passed final test and will be released on 15th October in Europe!" – @4JStudios (4JStudios) on Twitter, October 8, 2014
- "Minecraft PS Vita Edition hits PS Store on Tuesday! Retail version drops on 11/11" – @PlayStation on Twitter, October 10, 2014
- "PlayStation Store on PS3 and PS Vita Will Continue Operations" by Jim Ryan – PlayStation Blog, April 19, 2021.
- "Enjoy saving your PlayStation game? | Minecraft" Sofia Dankis, April 4, 2020
- Sony is shutting down production of physical Vita games - Polygon; May 18, 2019
- Minecraft PS Vita models announced for Japan - Gematsu; November 14, 2016