4J Studios is putting the final touches on the Xbox One and PS Vita versions of Minecraft. The PS4 version's even further along. The studio revealed this week that they've sent it to Sony for certification.
While they wait for Sony to approve Minecraft on PS4, 4J is finishing up the Xbox One and Vita editions. They still have some polishing to do, apparently:
Minecraft's PlayStation Vita version has all of the features of the previously released PS3 edition. The two versions' save files are also compatible with each other. If you purchased the PS3 version, you'll be able to download the game on Vita for no additional charge.
Speaking of the Vita version: 4J released a new trailer for that platform's Minecraft during Gamescom 2014 this week:
Minecraft on PS4 and Xbox One will allow players to create worlds up to 36 times larger than the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions. The XB1/PS4 editions will also have greater draw distances so you can see more of these worlds at once.
Gamers that own Minecraft on PS3 or Xbox 360 will be able to upgrade to the corresponding new-gen version for $5. This discount will be available for at least a year after the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One versions.
Players can also transfer their PS3/360 save files to these new platforms. These transfers have some restrictions, though. The larger world size on XB1 and PS4 means that saves can't be imported back onto the PS3 and 360. Furthermore, certain DLC packs from Xbox 360/PS3 won't work on the newer consoles due to license restrictions. The restricted DLC was never explicitly announced, though I'm guessing it includes Marvel content like the Avengers Pack.
These three ports might be the last ones 4J Studios creates for Minecraft. There are currently no plans for a Wii U version. That's not to say 4J will be done with the series, though. They'll still have to provide post-launch support for the console and Vita versions, adding new features that appear in the original PC version. Creating new DLC like Skin Packs or Mash-Up Packs will be an ongoing effort, too.