4J Studios, the company responsible for the Xbox 360 and PS3 editions of Minecraft, has provided an update on both versions. Console gamers can expect a new patch as well as DLC in the near future.
The studio said earlier this week over Twitter that Title Update 14 for both versions is going fine. They followed up on that assertion by releasing the first screenshot:
The updated user interface is just one of TU14's many components. The update also adds Adventure Mode, which is more of a survival simulator than a building game. You can only break blocks with the right tools; punching them with your hands won't do anything. The emphasis is on exploring the world, finding food and fighting any enemies in your way. At night you can take shelter at NPC villages. The new trading system included in TU14 allows you to buy items from villagers or sell unwanted ones.
Minecraft debuted on Xbox 360 in 2012 and finally arrived on PS3 this past December. Both feature split-screen and online multiplayer. They also have in-game tutorials to bring new players up to speed. The console versions lag behind the original PC edition in terms of features but 4J has tried their damnedest to close the gap.
Right before the game's PS3 launch, the developers promised that they would release premium texture and skin packs on that platform like they did with Xbox 360. They also suggested that some PlayStation-specific DLC was in the works.
4J confirmed last week that the PS3 version will be getting exclusive DLC. They also mentioned that Skin Pack 1 for the console will feature popular Sony brands.
They didn't mention what brands will be featured. I'd imagine PlayStation staples like Uncharted and Killzone will be featured, though.
While they work on fixes and add-ons for the PS3 and Xbox 360 editions, 4J is also developing the game for new platforms. They expect to release Minecraft on PS4, Vita and Xbox One soon. They originally planned to launch the Xbox One and PS4 versions at around the time those consoles first debuted but that obviously didn't happen. We'll probably see them by the end of 2014.