Minecraft for Android to come to Sony Xperia Play phones first

So far the hit indie sandbox game Minecraft has mostly been a PC game phenomenon but the game's development team at Mojang have confirmed that versions of Minecraft will be coming to both iOS and Android devices as well. Now Gamasutra is reporting that the when the Android version of Minecraft is released it will be made available first for Sony's Xperia Play phones before it's made available for other Android devices.

The so-called "Playstation Phone" was first announced by Sony earlier this year and will be made available for sale in the US via Verizon on May 26 (it was released in Europe back in April) Gamasutra's story says that the Xperia Play version of Minecraft will be specially designed to use the phone's Playstation-like button layout. So far there's no word on pricing or a release date for this first mobile version of the game. There's also no word on how long this exclusive with the Xperia Play phone will last. However more info is expected to be revealed at a press event on June 7 during E3 2011.

Minecraft on the PC has become a massive success for a game that has little traditional marketing or publicity. Launched in 2009 in an alpha version, the game became a cult hit during the summer of 2010 as fans and even game developers started to talk about the addictive gameplay. The game moved to a beta version in December but is still selling between 8,000 and 11,000 copies per day on the game's web site. So far Minecraft has sold close to 2.3 million copies. It will "officially" come out of beta on November 11 although it will still be expanded via updates and expansion packs afterward.

In related news, a beta version of the game's 1.6 update will be released sometime next week. The update will add new features such as Nether support in multiplayer, craftable maps, hatches, tall grass in some areas and more.

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While I suppose this is nice, I would prefer to see the developers migrate Minecraft away from the train-wreck of performance that is Java.

xTdub said,
While I suppose this is nice, I would prefer to see the developers migrate Minecraft away from the train-wreck of performance that is Java.

On the other hand, minimal porting between OSs. If Java didn't have a place, it wouldn't exist.

xTdub said,
While I suppose this is nice, I would prefer to see the developers migrate Minecraft away from the train-wreck of performance that is Java.

+1


On the other hand, minimal porting between OSs. If Java didn't have a place, it wouldn't exist.

Java cant run on Android or/and iOS so there is porting nonetheless.
That really doesnt matter though as they'll problably use a wrapper

This screenshot Neowin always uses for Minecraft news doesn't reflect the Beta version of the game at all. Merely the Alpha, and even then...

Lazlo said,
This screenshot Neowin always uses for Minecraft news doesn't reflect the Beta version of the game at all. Merely the Alpha, and even then...

Version info says beta...

n_K said,

Version info says beta...

And? Lazlo simply stated the screenshot used only demonstrates Alpha minecraft, which I have to agree with. A more up to date screenshot showing the more impressive biomes, mountain formations, weather etc would be more reflective of current gameplay imo.

The story isn't really about the game itself, just that it's being ported. If we were doing an in-depth review about the game and its features, I would agree with you, but we're not.

Ambroos said,
Hm, Minecraft should be great on the Xperia Play!

Seeing these phones crash like you've never seen phones crash before shall be interesting to say the least.

Ambroos said,
Hm, Minecraft should be great on the Xperia Play!

Well, seeing how badly optimised the game is for PC, it will be interesting to see how a phone copes with it.