The immensely popular PC sandbox game Minecraft is getting a Pocket Edition, and there's even a video to prove it. The port will be arriving on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play first, before it shows up for other Android devices and iOS devices.
Mojang Studios likely picked the Xperia Play because it has dedicated gaming buttons. The price of the app is still unknown, nor do we have a release date or specific exclusivity period for the Xperia Play, but we do know this is real, courtesy of the official Minecraft YouTube channel:
In portrait mode, the Android 2.3 (codenamed Gingerbread) device is your typical smartphone with a 5MP camera, a 4" capacitive multitouch screen (480 x 854 resolution), and social networking features. In landscape mode, the slide out keyboard reveals a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons, and the four PlayStation icons (circle, cross, square, and triangle). The device is powered by a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM, and comes in either black or white. It has 400MB of internal storage space, which is expandable up to 32GB via the microSD slot (an 8GB memory card is included).
Minecraft was originally released (now referred to as the classic version) on May 17, 2009. It entered Indev status on December 23, 2009, Infdev status on February 27, 2010, alpha status on June 28, 2010, and finally beta status on December 20, 2010. When Minecraft leaves beta status on November 11, 2011, it will be available for €20.00 (about $29.00); right now the beta goes for €14.95 (about $22.00). Release dates for Android and iOS versions are to be announced this year.