Minecraft PS4 live in Europe, coming today in North America

Minecraft-LogoAs revealed by a number of parties yesterday, Minecraft for the PS4 is complete, has gone live in Europe and has been confirmed for a North American launch by mid-day today — apparently before 12pm PDT/3pm EDT.

By itself, the PS4 Edition will set gamers back $19.99. But for those who own the PS3 version, it’ll only cost a paltry $5 to upgrade and download. It was initially revealed that the PS3 retail disc version wouldn’t be eligible for the discounted upgrade, but since then, Sony and 4J Studios worked out a method to allow it (see the FAQ below or at the PS Blog).

If you have an interest in owning all 3 PlayStation versions of Minecraft (PS3, PS Vita and PS4) you’re better off purchasing the PS3 version for $20, which also entitles you to the PS Vita version for free when it releases, and then pay the $5 to unlock the PS4 version. It doesn’t work the other way around, so just a heads up.

Make sure to stop by the PS Store in a couple of hours to queue up your copy.

For Existing PS3 Edition Owners (Disc or Digital)
On the PS4, simply log into PlayStation Store and find Minecraft PS4 Edition, and you?ll be able purchase the upgrade for $4.99.
Note: This entitlement applies to everyone who?s bought Minecraft PS3 Edition (Disc or Digitally) with a saved game and signed into their PS4 console using the same SEN account.

About to Purchase Minecraft PS3 Edition (Digital)
On the PS3, purchase Minecraft PS3 Edition for $19.99. Once you have made the purchase, you?ll be able to upgrade to the PS4 Edition for $4.99.

About to Purchase Minecraft PS3 Edition (Disc)
Those joining the Minecraft experience through disc purchase should find a voucher packed in with an entitlement code.