Minecraft PS5: Release date and Everything We Know

Dylan Crosbie
Dylan Crosbie - Minecraft Expert
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Minecraft Java and Bedrock are two versions of the game we all know and love. While Java is specifically for PC, Bedrock is designed for other gaming platforms. However, you might have noticed that there’s no official Minecraft PS5 release. 

Minecraft Bedrock is already available on a variety of platforms. These include Windows 10 and 11, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and X, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and more. 

So why is there no official release yet, and when can we expect one? Here’s everything we know about Minecraft PS5. 

Minecraft PS5 Release Date

While Minecraft Bedrock has updates for the Xbox Series X|S, there’s no update for PlayStation 5. These updates optimize Minecraft for the latest operating systems and take advantage of all the new features of the consoles. 

While there is an update for Xbox Series X|S, it’s important to note that it still has few changes and support. Microsoft hasn’t released an optimised version of Minecraft for their own consoles. While a patch should be coming soon, there’s no official news on that just yet. 

Still, Minecraft PS5 doesn’t have the updates that include these limited updates. So while it’s still possible to play Minecraft on your PlayStation 5, it’s just not reaping the benefits.

We can be sure there won’t be Minecraft on PS5 until the Xbox Series X|S gets it. And unfortunately, there’s no release date for that either. 

If we were to take a shot in the dark, we’d say an update might be coming in November. However, we often see updates for Minecraft later in the year, especially around Minecon/Minecraft Live. 

Everything We Know About Minecraft for PS5

There isn’t much information at the moment about Minecraft on PS5. In fact, we haven’t heard anything from Microsoft or Sony. Instead, we only have information from game developers on Twitter or rumoured leaks. 

For example, Tom Warren, the senior editor at the Verge, has shown the RTX preview on Twitter. 

But just because RTX isn’t available yet doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be an update for Minecraft PS5. 

Does Minecraft PS4 Work On PS5?

Thanks to the new game consoles having backwards compatibility, you can play the PS4 version on PS5. While this isn’t perfect or ideal, it’s the best PS5 owners can do now. 

You can install the PS4 game on your PlayStation 5 using the store or a physical game disk. You can also transfer your game files using a WiFi connection. Either way, you’ll be able to play your old files on your PS5.

Additionally, you can still take advantage of all the Bedrock features. For example, you’ll still have access to the Marketplace and be able to play cross-platform. However, you’ll still need PlayStation Plus to play with friends online. 

Why The Wait?

But Minecraft Bedrock has been around for a while now – why the wait? 

There have been two theories that have been circulating. The first is that Microsoft is trying to profit from an update that is only available to Xbox players. Since Microsoft owns Mojang and Xbox, trying to convert Minecraft fans into Xbox customers is a fair strategy. 

The other theory is that there isn’t an urgent need for it. Most Minecraft fans can download Minecraft from the game store and play the most recent version of Minecraft. And sure, you might not have all the latest content, but players can still run Minecraft on PS5. 

As we mentioned above, fans of the sandbox game can always load their PS4 version of the game. And thanks to Bedrock being cross-platform, you’ll still be able to play online with friends.

Lastly, it may just be the fact that Minecraft isn’t ready for the newest gaming platforms. For example, Minecraft is still testing Ray Tracing for Xbox Series X|S. There has been no official release or updates, nor are there any expected dates. So we might not see a Minecraft optimised for PS5 or Xbox Series X|S until they’ve cracked this. 

Minecraft Legends PS5 

Minecraft Legends Wallpaper
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We need to consider that Mojang is developing a new game that will be available on all consoles. 

Since PS5 owners can still play Minecraft, Mojang might have turned their attention to Minecraft Legends

Minecraft Legends is an action strategy game that aims to please Minecraft fans and new players. The game is planned to be released in 2023. Mojang has even out-sourced a game developer called Blackbird Interactive

It definitely sounds like they have their hands full. 

Final Thoughts

That’s all we know about Minecraft PS5 at the moment. However, we’re keeping an eye out for any updates so check in regularly. 

To recap, there is no official Minecraft PS5 version, but that doesn’t stop you from playing Minecraft. In addition, you can load previous generations of Minecraft onto your PlayStation, such as Minecraft for PS4. 

However, it’s not an ideal fix. Minecraft for PS4 won’t take advantage of all the new features from PS5. 

We’ll have to wait patiently for Microsoft and Mojang to release a PS5 version of Minecraft. A version of Minecraft that is adapted specifically for the new consoles. 

Do you think there’s a need for a PS5 version of Minecraft? Or are you happy with the current version? Let us know in the comments below.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for the latest news and updates for Minecraft PS5. 

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By Dylan Crosbie Minecraft Expert
Dylan is an avid Open World and Strategy game fan. His favorite content to cover include Minecraft and The Sims. His gaming interests along with his journalistic background, allows him to bring the best gaming content to your screens.
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