With a new version comes alot of questions, below is everything Mojang/Minecraft have put together in regards to how Minecraft PS4 Bedrock will work. Small note not all features will be available from launch, this was the same for Xbox One Bedrock and Switch bedrock.
Minecraft for PlayStation TM 4 FAQ
WHAT IS THE BEDROCK VERSION OF MINECRAFT?
The Bedrock version of Minecraft (also known as the Bedrock Engine-powered version) has been the codebase on mobile and Windows 10 since 2012. We brought this version to Xbox One in 2017, Nintendo Switch in 2018, and now we’re launching it on PlayStation 4™!
HOW IS THIS VERSION DIFFERENT THAN THE ONE I ALREADY OWN?
Minecraft delivers a unified experience to players on all platforms that use the Bedrock codebase. You can build with friends via cross-play no matter what device they’re using, play multiplayer mini-games and customize how you play with community content available through the in-game Marketplace/Minecraft Store.
*Note: Servers will be coming to PS4™ in a future update.
WHEN DID THIS LAUNCH?
Minecraft Bedrock will launch on PS4™ on December 10th, 2019. If you already own the game, you’ll receive a patch update that will give you the Bedrock version of the game at no additional cost.
I ALREADY OWN MINECRAFT: PS4™ EDITION. HOW DO I GET THIS NEW VERSION?
Players who already own Minecraft: PS4™ Edition will receive the new version of Minecraft at no additional cost. Update your game with the latest patch and follow the instructions within the patch notes.
WILL MY COPY OF MINECRAFT: PS4™ EDITION GO AWAY? DO I HAVE TO USE THE NEW ONE?
Minecraft: PS4™ Edition will no longer be available to purchase, but existing owners can continue to play it if they desire. It is available as an option chose inside the game. There will be no further updates to Minecraft: PS4™ Edition.
WHAT’S A MICROSOFT ACCOUNT AND WHY DO I NEED IT FOR PS4™?
A Microsoft account is optional and not required to play Minecraft on PS4™. It is a free account you can use to sign in on a device. It allows Minecraft players on PS4™ to play with other players on non-PS4™ devices like iOS, Android, Xbox One, Switch, and Windows 10.
Having a Microsoft account also enables the portability of your Marketplace (devices other than PS4) or Minecraft Store (PS4) purchases to other devices and platforms. You can create a new Microsoft account here. Please note that once a Microsoft account has been linked to a PlayStation™ Network account, it cannot be unlinked without loss of access to entitlements and Minecoins on other platforms.
NOW THAT I HAVE A MICROSOFT ACCOUNT, HOW DO I SIGN IN ON MY PS4™?
Be certain you use the account details for the Microsoft account you want associated with your PlayStation™ Network account. This cannot be undone. You will not be able to link another Microsoft account to your PS4™ account.
- On the Minecraft game home screen, click Sign in with a Microsoft account.
- This will bring up a screen providing you with a unique 8-digit code and instructing you to go to http://aka.ms/remoteconnect.
- Complete your sign-in by following the instructions on this site to enter the 8-digit code.
HOW DO I FIND MY FRIENDS ON THEIR MICROSOFT ACCOUNT?
Once you’ve signed into your Microsoft account, click Play on the home screen.
- Toggle to the right to reach the Friends tab.
- Click Add Friend.
- Find friends by entering their Microsoft gamertag.
I KEEP ENTERING MY FRIEND’S ID AND CAN’T FIND THEM. WHY?
Make sure you are entering your friend’s gamertag correctly. Please note that you are only able to enter a Microsoft gamertag as a player ID. Player IDs from other platforms are not supported at this time.
HOW MANY MICROSOFT ACCOUNTS CAN YOU TIE TO YOUR PLAYSTATION™ NETWORK ACCOUNT?
You can only tie one Microsoft account to a PlayStation™ Network account.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU UNLINK YOUR MICROSOFT ACCOUNT?
Once a Microsoft account has been linked to a PlayStation™ Network account, it cannot be unlinked without loss of access to entitlements and Minecoins on other platforms.
DO I NEED TO PAY A SUBSCRIPTION FEE (LIKE XBOX LIVE GOLD) TO PLAY ONLINE?
Online subscription fees are determined by the platform you play on, so an Xbox Live Gold subscription is not required for PlayStation™ players, but a PlayStation® Plus subscription will be required for multiplayer. A free Microsoft account is optional but recommended for players to get the most out of this version of Minecraft.
DO MY EXISTING WORLDS TRANSFER?
Yes, your existing worlds from Minecraft: PS4™ Edition will convert to the new version of Minecraft. Worlds on PS3™ will need to be converted to PS4™ and opened in Minecraft: PS4™ Edition first, to ensure that the worlds transfer over properly.
HOW DO I TRANSFER EXISTING WORLDS?
To transfer existing worlds from Minecraft: PS4™ Edition to Minecraft:
- In Minecraft (Bedrock Version), click the button Sync Old Worlds on the bottom of the worlds list in the play menu. This will let you find any worlds on the device from Minecraft: PS4™ Edition and display them below the button.
- Select any of the worlds displayed to convert it to the Bedrock edition.
- After conversion, the world will show up above the Sync Old Worlds button along with the rest of your Bedrock worlds.
HOW BIG ARE WORLDS IN THIS VERSION OF MINECRAFT FOR PS4™?
Minecraft worlds are now expanded and there is no world border within the world.
I’M PLAYING IN A WORLD THAT WAS TRANSFERRED FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION. ARE THERE LIMITATIONS ON SIZE?
Transferring to Minecraft should change the world type to infinite, keeping the portions of the world from the Minecraft: PS4™ Edition version the same, but generating new chunks outside of that area.
WHEN WILL PS4™ GET BUZZY BEES?
Now! Get buzzin’!
CAN I CONNECT TO A SERVER?
Servers are not available on PS4™ at this time.
CAN I CONNECT TO A CUSTOM SERVER NOT IN THE SERVER LIST?
Due to console platform policy, you cannot connect to a server that is not in the servers list.
I HAVE A CUSTOM SKIN ON ANOTHER BEDROCK PLATFORM. CAN I USE IT ON PS4™?
If the custom skin was created with the in-game Character Creator, yes. If the custom skin was uploaded to your device, it will not transfer to your PS4™ system. This is also true for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch players.
DOES MINECRAFT SUPPORT PLAYSTATION®VR?
Minecraft does not support PlayStation®VR at this time.
DOES MINECRAFT ON PLAYSTATION™ HAVE THE NEW RENDER DRAGON GRAPHICS ENGINE FOR BEDROCK?
Yes, Render Dragon has been implemented.
HOW DO I PLAY SPLIT-SCREEN WITHOUT A PLAYSTATION® PLUS SUBSCRIPTION?
Multiplayer must be turned off in the level settings prior to loading any account that is not PlayStation® Plus enabled before they attempt to join in split screen.
DLC, STORE, & MORE
WILL DLC CONTENT I CURRENTLY OWN TRANSFER OVER TO THE NEW VERSION OF MINECRAFT?
Most existing DLC content will be transferable from Minecraft: PS4™ Edition to the new version of Minecraft. However, some content may not be available to use on the new version and some content may only be used on your PS4™.
WHAT IS THE MINECRAFT STORE?
The Minecraft Store, which you can find in-game, is where players can purchase character skins, textures, and worlds. With Minecraft Store, we’ve made it safer and easier to purchase community-made content for Minecraft. Content purchased while signed in with a Microsoft account can be enjoyed on any device will not expire.
WHAT ARE TOKENS?
Purchasable with real currency in the Minecraft Store, Tokens let you buy content from creators in our store safely and securely on the PS4 only. Tokens are kept in your virtual wallet which can only be used in your PS4™ account.
CAN I USE MY MINECOINS ON PS4™?
No, but you can continue using your Minecoins on non-PS4™ Bedrock platforms. Content purchased on other platforms, unless the content is restricted to a particular platform, will be able to be used on your PS4™.
HOW DO I LINK MY PREVIOUS PURCHASES ON OTHER MINECRAFT BEDROCK VERSIONS TO MY PS4™ GAME?
Log into Minecraft and sign into your Microsoft account. All Marketplace/Minecraft Store items will sync automatically with other purchases you’ve made on other Bedrock versions, as long as those purchases were made while logged in to that same Microsoft account and are purchases that can roam to PS4.
I OWN MINECRAFT: PS4™ EDITION AND I’VE BOUGHT PREVIOUS DLC. HOW DO I GET IT TO SYNC TO MINECRAFT?
Log into Minecraft on your PS4™ and you’ll be automatically granted the entitlements for that DLC in the latest version.
WHERE ARE MINECRAFT REALMS/MINECRAFT REALMS PLUS?
Minecraft Realms/Minecraft Realms Plus are not available on PS4™ at this time.