Minecraft not launching with PlayStation 4

4J Studios confirms upcoming sandbox game will not be available for PlayStation 4 at launch.

The PlayStation 4 version of Minecraft will not be available when the system launches on Friday, developer 4J Studios said today on Twitter.

"No, it won't be a launch title," the developer said.

At Sony's Gamescom 2013 media briefing in August, the company announced that Minecraft for PlayStation 4 would be available at launch for the PS4. No reason for the delay was provided.

Minecraft is also in development for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. 4J Studios said today that "We're hard at work getting Minecraft: PS3 Edition ready for testing just now," though no release date has been set.

Minecraft is currently an exclusive to Xbox on consoles, with the Xbox 360 version having sold over 8 million copies. The game is also coming to Xbox One. Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson recently appeared on The Late Late Show, where he ate chocolate and discussed Mario Kart with host Craig Ferguson.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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raketemensc
raketemensc

If you follow the Mojang dev twitter feeds you'll see that they do more running-around-the-world-as-community-darlings than development. Minecraft PE hasn't seen a release for 6 months now. It'd be a great gig as a developer, but as a company they need to buckle down and get some software released.

theKSMM
theKSMM

This is great news for all those soon-to-be PlayStation 4 owners who didn't have any other devices that were capable of playing Minecraft.  And they'll be able to play it in glorious 1080p which XBOX users are stuck with lowly 720p.  Ha ha ha!

Beasthunt
Beasthunt

Normally I would be bummed but between the plus games, amazon B2G1 deal and gamefly, I am good for a spell.

moesuir
moesuir

Oh No, yet another PS4 game gets pushed back to 2014, awwww that's so sad (sinister smile)

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

I wonder if all those delays has something to do with M$ ? I find it hard to believe that all developer are so lacking in skills that they aren't able to bring single game on time.

scgarfield
scgarfield

Weak! How long does it take to port minecraft??! Seriously?

zzgamerzz
zzgamerzz

This game is highly shall I say  "time taking." Got this on 360 way back when. PS buyers beware, prepare to spend way to many hours playing this when it comes your way. It is the funnest game that looks like an old 8 bit game you will probably play for a long time. I am just curious how the next gen versions will look in comparision to the current gen.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Thank goodness. My bro might actually be able to play his for awhile before his Minecraft-addicted kid takes it over.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

I honestly can not understand the appeal of this game.  It's truly one of the ugliest game ever made in the last 20 years.  Even the original Doom and Wolfenstein looks better.  It's far more fun playing with a Crysis SDK or portal level editor.  South Park got it right.  This game is completely pointless.

steelmouth
steelmouth

because it haver to be aout on the Xbox One first thats why

HesamB
HesamB

minecraft on anything but PC sucks, YOU CAN'T DOWNLOAD MODS SUCKERS ! on the other hand we can't play gta v, shame ...

NoAngle
NoAngle

Sony should have just launched the PS4 late 2014 or 2015... and spared themselves such a humiliating launch lineup...

Maize84
Maize84

Sony should have just had someone in house port minecraft over.  Leaving this to 4J seems silly since they're probably busy with the xboxone port, and of course they are going to prioritize microsoft for the moneys.   But as it's been stated, who doesn't already have minecraft on one system or another already?

gilldominic
gilldominic

I can't imagine there is literally ANYONE out there who is getting the PS4 for Minecraft.

Whether they be a console gamer, a PC gamer, or a complete non-gamer, given the number of other platforms upon which you can play Minecraft, it being missing on the PS4 at launch is essentially a non-issue.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Not getting a Ps4 till the spring anyway, and I shall be playing Space Engineers until then, if not beyond.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Minecraft is a PC game.  Any PC on the planet can run it.  Why would you ever get it for a console?

PartyGavinParty
PartyGavinParty

What a surprise. More bad news from Sony only weeks before launch. 

wertredgreen
wertredgreen

@raketemensc MCPE was recently updated THREE months ago, they are working on snapshots, and Notch is also working on 0x10c! So I think they are doing just fine!

Sw33tEscape
Sw33tEscape

@theKSMM If you really think that higher resolution makes the game better then I feel bad for you, because that means you've sorely mistaken the purpose of Minecraft.

nakedpuppies
nakedpuppies

@Kyrylo They aren't working on one game. They have to work on scrolls and an xbox, xbox one, ps3, ps4, pc, and mobile version

MrJskilet
MrJskilet

@scgarfield Well considering they are making PS4, PS3, PSVita, Xbox One and still updating the Xbox 360 version it's going to take some time to get it completely finished it's not like they can snap their fingers and boom it's done. Takes time man but it will come just gotta be patient 

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

@zzgamerzz It's a brilliantly addictive game. As far as how it will look, probably not much better since the PC version does not look much different from the 360 version and they aren't going to be improving the graphics of a game they didn't make if that makes sense. Either way I'm gunna be picking this up for PS4

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

@plm3d_basic I don't know if your trolling or if you truly think graphics are the only thing that matters in games.

MrJskilet
MrJskilet

@erking1991 Sony isn't the one to blame. Sony doesn't go up to a developer and tell them to delay it. It is completely up to the developer whether or not they want more time for their product

4quarters
4quarters

@NoAngle Theres hardly a killer launch game on Xbone either...Ryse...pass. Forza...done that. Dead Rising 3....meh. Oh Killer Instinct with 1 character,lol....and COD in 720p...lol. Have fun with that.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

@gilldominic I am someone who wants it for PS4. I want it on consoles, but I don't want the 360 or X1 version.

HesamB
HesamB

@Thanatos2k install couple of mods then it hogs up to 4gb of memory !!!!!!!!!!! love this game, Oh man... 

93ChevyNut
93ChevyNut

@PartyGavinParty You're a moron if you think this is news.  This is Eddie troll bait (which apparently you fell for).  I'm just waiting for him to write the article, "Sony confirms the PS4 must be plugged into a wall outlet to function." 

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

@Zepthire95  

Can you read?  I said the game is completely pointless just like the South Park episode made fun of.  It's more fun to mess with a level editor for Crysis, Portal, Doom 3, Halo, etc.  Not only that but the game is truly the ugliest POS game and it's almost insulting to put it on next gen consoles.

arqe
arqe

@MrJskilet @erking1991 then dont brag about things you are not in control. and how about other things that is not "Supported" or "Not Available". This is Sony , wake up.

inthepastxx
inthepastxx

Can you explain what so pointless about it? Every game is pointless if you take the time to break them down. You based an opinion off of a tv show made for retarded kids, as well you keep voing back to graphics. Something about the game has to be good or 8 miilion xbox owners wouldnt have it and over 12 million pc owners wouldnt have it with those numbers growing everyday.

MrJskilet
MrJskilet

@arqe @MrJskilet @erking1991 Uhhh how am I bragging? Because I said Sony isn't the one telling developers to delay their games? Do you even know the definition of bragging? And I never said anything about other features that are not supported so why bring that up? I know Sony has made mistakes I'm not stupid. Like I personally think it's stupid how the PS4 won't support PS3 Bluetooth headsets or external hard drives.

Sw33tEscape
Sw33tEscape

@Thanatos2k Cheap cable and wireless controllers are all additional things you have to buy that just comes with a console the person is most likely already getting.

dogfather76
dogfather76

The guy is obviously living in 1998.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Meta-Gnostic @Thanatos2k So you're too lazy to run a cheap cable like you probably already do with cable TV or internet.  Got it.  Also there are things called wireless controllers, and they work with PCs.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

@Thanatos2k @Meta-Gnostic Don't have anywhere to put PC next to TV, not going to buy and run 15 foot HDMI cable, not going to buy wireless mouse and keyboard, not going to try and use mouse and keyboard on lap. 

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@NoAngle @The-Neon-Seal @PartyGavinParty I'll give you Forza 5, but I'm not interested in DR3, not seen anything of Zoo Tycoon, and people keep banding Ryse about, but it both looks and sounds like one of the most boring games ever. All in all, both have very few launch titles I would consider playing, but Sony has way better exclusives (have for a long time) so I'm going with Ps4 next year (when Theif, Watch Dogs and inFamous are out).