Minecraft on Oculus Rift launches next week

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Those who were waiting for Minecraft to hit the Oculus Rift can rejoice as the title will be launching for the VR headset next week. Further support for the Oculus Touch controllers will follow later this year, finally allowing mass building in virtual reality.

During an official Xbox stream, members of the Minecraft development team played the game entirely in virtual reality mode. Oculus confirmed the the update to bring Minecraft to the Rift, which is labelled as version 0.15.6, would land next week.

Reddit user Heaney555 also then confirmed that the support for the Oculus Touch controllers would be coming later in the year.

The Minecraft stream also demonstrated that players will be able to play in multiplayer sessions cross platform in the same server as Rift, Gear VR, and PC versions. Minecraft first appeared on the Gear VR back in April and currently sells for $6.99 so it will be interesting to see if Microsoft retain the same pricing for the Rift version next week or decide to charge a premium.

Of course if you’ve purchased the PC version of Minecraft, you’ll be able to pick up the Windows 10 Edition, and consequently the upcoming Rift support, for free.

Don’t worry if you’re a HTC Vive user though; while official Minecraft support may be a Rift exclusive for the foreseeable future, you’re not left out if you own a Vive. Just head on over to the Vivecraft mod, which also supports the system’s motion controllers, and you’ll be able to enjoy Minecraft on the Vive for free.

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