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'Minecraft VR' Now Available For Oculus Rift, Requires Windows 10

Mojang announced that its wildly popular virtual building block game, Minecraft, is now available for the Oculus Rift. The Windows 10 Edition Beta edition of the game received a free update that enables Rift support.

Minecraft is one of the most popular games around. To date, the PC version of the game has sold well over 24 million copies. The game is also available on practically every other device you can think of, including two generations of Xbox, two generations of PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, and every mobile platform available these days.

At the end of February, Mojang and Oculus showed members of the press an early build of the Oculus Rift version of Minecraft, and it didn’t go over as well as you might have hoped. Nausea was a common response to the game’s motion mechanics. The developers actually somewhat expected that reaction, though. The game features two separate viewing modes. There’s a fully immersed first person mode, and there’s a virtual living room mode that puts you in a virtual room with a large screen where the game is displayed. The game was designed to enable toggling between these two modes at any time, so you can “take a break” as needed. Mojang kept both modes of Minecraft VR in the game for the public release. The developer said that the virtual living room is “a great way to minimize the intensity of VR without breaking play.”

Minecraft VR for the Oculus Rift features support for keyboard and mouse and for the Xbox One controller. The developer added snap turning to minimize decoupled rotation in VR. Rather than a smooth spin, you are rotated 22-degrees instantly, which is much more comfortable to experience. The Oculus Rift edition of Minecraft also gets some graphical improvements. The game now supports MSAA and updated render distance settings to take advantage of high-end VR-ready hardware.

Minecraft VR for the Oculus Rift is available today but you will need Windows 10 to play it. The VR edition of the game is a free update for the Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta. The update is free, so if you have the Window 10 version already, you won’t have to pay for the VR version. You do have to install a new game launcher through the Oculus Home store, though.

  • DookieDraws
    I just don't understand why this game is so popular. I mean no disrespect at all to those who like it, I just don't see the attraction. My best friend and his girlfriend love it and have tried to get me to play with them in the past, but when I was sitting there watching them play for a couple hours to teach me, I was bored out my mind. "This is how you do this. This is how you do that." I was like, yeah, whatever! Sorry, it looks terrible and very lame to me. :)
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  • surphninja
    This is how Microsoft should have been trying to get people on Windows 10 all along- incentives instead of trickery.

    Of course, they could just drop the forced updates, ads, and monitoring, and people would flock to it.
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  • Achoo22
    Please help. My VR setup has very blocky, visible pixels.
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  • problematiq
    18442880 said:
    Please help. My VR setup has very blocky, visible pixels.

    I appreciate this comment.
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  • alidan
    18442396 said:
    I just don't understand why this game is so popular. I mean no disrespect at all to those who like it, I just don't see the attraction. My best friend and his girlfriend love it and have tried to get me to play with them in the past, but when I was sitting there watching them play for a couple hours to teach me, I was bored out my mind. "This is how you do this. This is how you do that." I was like, yeah, whatever! Sorry, it looks terrible and very lame to me. :)

    the reason its popular is its the best lego game we have. Its also one of the better survival/building games currently out, with a dificulty/learning curde that goes from legos to intircate circuts that can emulate a cpu
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlt0xMVoJcM
    The fun in the game is expressing creativity, which is where it excels, however, i believe the game requires some mods to even have fun playing the game.
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  • wifiburger
    lol requires windows 10, we all know where it's going to end up, .... on steam for half price once they realize nobody gives a rats ass about windows 10
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  • WFang
    Why on EARTH is this not supported for those with HTC Vive VR? The room-scale seems like a great fit for the 1st person mode?!
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  • sh4dow83
    "Why on EARTH"

    I'm guessing because of: Money
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  • surphninja
    18446321 said:
    Why on EARTH is this not supported for those with HTC Vive VR? The room-scale seems like a great fit for the 1st person mode?!

    Another ploy by Microsoft to get people on Windows 10.
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  • problematiq
    Heard it sucks for motion sickness. Wonder if they fixed any of that.
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