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Minecraft Steve riding a horse in promo art for the game.Mojang

Retail copies of Minecraft are about to get more expensive on Sony's PlayStation 4, PS3 and PS Vita but not on Microsoft's Xbox 360 or Xbox One. Microsoft, of course, owns the Minecraft license aswell as developers Mojang.

Prices are set to rise between 10% and 20% on the home consoles, and by more than 50% on PS Vita from 1 June. MCV learned of the price increase last week after Mojang revealed a price rise for the Java PC version of the enormously popular block-based game, one which doesn't affect the UK.

Retail sources revealed to MCV that the recommended retail price was set to rise, later receiving confirmation that it would only affect PlayStation platforms. It is said that any price increase may take some time to come into effect.

The news doesn't impact digital versions of the game, or, for that matter, the huge amount of people who have already bought Mojang's building and exploration phenomenon on one – maybe even more than one – of the numerous platforms it has been released on since it first launched in 2011.

As of late June 2015 it had sold over 70 million units, ranking it among the best-selling video games of all time. By way of comparison, last week Take-Two Interactive revealed that Grand Theft Auto 5 has sold 65 million units since its initial launch in 2013.

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