Many people have surfaced to me a glitch on the PSN Store that let them get the full version of Minecraft for free on all 3 Sony consoles (Vita, PS3, PS4).
At the time of this writing, 12 hours after the “trick” first surfaced, it seems to not be working anymore (update: Some people are reporting that this is actually still working), but here are the steps that people have used:
The glitch is on the EU PSN Store. Create a European PSN account if you don’t have one yet (then you’ll need to switch your PS Vita account)
Get the Vita Demo version for free on the PC store
Go back to the PS3 version of minecraft on the PC Store. The Full version is now supposed to be free, according to the people who reported the glitch. “Purchase” it for free.
Thanks to the Cross buy feature, the full Vita version is then also available for free
Finally, this then gets you the PS4 version as well, for either free or EUR 3.99 (the price here depends on the reports I have received)
So many trusted people have reported the glitch that I have no reason to believe this information is a fake. However, when I tried myself about an hour ago, I could not find a way to actually leverage that glitch, and instead am being asked to pay the expected price of EUR 18.99 for any of the versions. If I try to get the PS3 version for “free” as was explained to me, I am asked to buy the Vita version first, for EUR18.99, to then get the PS3 version as part of a cross buy package (as expected).
“You can’t buy this product for the following reasons: you already own Minecraft Playstation Vita Edition” (note that the message is fishy on its own: I only own the Vita demo of the game, so it is strange that I am not allowed to purchase the PS3 version without going through the Vita version)
This was most likely an unintentional error on Sony’s end, and they wil probably fix it in a few hours. Again, some people are reporting to me that this is still working. Feel free to report if you’re one of the lucky people who used that glitch successfully. It goes without saying that I do not condone piracy, but when it’s Sony giving it away for free, even when that’s not intentional I must admit I’m on the fence 🙂