Minecraft was first demonstrated at GDC 2016 for the Samsung Gear VR and now the popular game has finally launched.
No longer will your massive fantasy world be confined to being built on a flat 2D screen and now you’ll be able to experience it all in virtual reality. If you have a Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Note 5, Galaxy S6, or a Galaxy S6 edge, then you can pop your device into a Gear VR headset and fire up Minecraft: Gear VR Edition.
The game is almost identical to the pocket edition, including Creative and Survival models, skins, and multiplayer, obviously with VR optimisation, and can be found in the Oculus Store for $6.99. Support for the Oculus Rift is apparently on its way too soon to be able to experience the virtual world on PC soon.
John Carmack had this to say about Minecraft for mobile VR:
“Minecraft is a game that you can both figuratively and literally lose yourself in. In fact, my strongest memories of being inside VR are from the time I’ve spent exploring Minecraft on Gear VR. Experiencing it in virtual reality changes it from an abstract activity to a visceral one – it goes from a sense of playing the game to one of being inside your world, and spinning around to find a creeper sneaking up on you leaves a powerful impression. Infinite worlds have been explored, shaped, and shared by millions of people, and now in VR; that sounds a bit like the fabled Metaverse.”
Mojang advises players to take regular breaks when playing Minecraft in VR given the addictive nature of the game. Mojang has also launched a dedicated VR page that details the subtle differences in VR Minecraft and the traditional version.
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