Mojang, developer of the seemingly perpetual money-printing machine known as Minecraft, has today unveiled a range of details on the upcoming Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita editions of the game via an official blog post.

Set to arrive on each platform holder’s digital distribution platforms this August, the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions are set to retail for $19.99 (£12.99 roughly), but can be bought for just $4.99 (£3 or thereabouts), if the respective last-gen console version has already been purchased.

It is an offer which Mojang intends to run for at least year.

An additional incentive for folks who own the last-gen console versions of the game is that all existing worlds may be ported to their PlayStation 4 or Xbox One counterpart with ease.  This function however is pretty much a one-way street as while worlds can make the leap from last-gen to current-gen versions of the game, porting those worlds back to the older versions of the game is not supported.

In regards to the sort of improvements that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of the game will offer, at the front of the line is the claim that worlds will be “significantly” bigger and offer a greater draw distance than the last-gen versions of the game; something that console owners have been conscious of when comparing it to the virtually limitless PC version of the game.

When it comes to transitioning of additional content, Mojang believes that “many, but not all” texture packs and DLC skins will make the jump across console generations, while other content is presently “trapped in licensing deals”.  The Minecraft developer hopes to announce more specific information regarding this in the near future.

Last, but certainly not least, the PlayStation Vita version of Minecraft will boast Cross-Save and Cross-Buy functionality in tandem with the existing PlayStation 3 version of the game.  As it stands, all present owners of the PlayStation 3 edition will not only receive a free upgrade allowing them to claim the Vita edition as a cross-buy title, but all the existing PlayStation 3 DLC will be transferred too.

The idea of allowing an upgrade to a newer version of Minecraft has proven popular with players and to underscore the reasoning behind it, Mojang’s Owen Hill says its all about appreciating the fanbase, “We’ve decided that letting current players upgrade for a small fee is the best way to show our appreciation. If you’re a new crafter who’s looking to pick up Minecraft in the next few months – welcome!”

Source:  Mojang via Eurogamer