For those who have been itching to play Minecraft in virtual reality (VR), you can now do so with Oculus Rift headsets through a free update to the game’s Windows 10 Edition beta. Here’s what you need to know.
At E3 2015, Microsoft teased us with footage of Minecraft being played in augmented reality (AR) through the Hololens. Microsoft had bought Mojang, the company that created Minecraft, for $2.5 billion the previous year.
After the demonstration, video games legend John Carmack reached out to Mojang to make Minecraft work on the Oculus Rift VR headset. Since the Hololens is yet to be widely available, it made sense for Microsoft to partner with Oculus Rift to do this. We are now finally seeing the results of this partnership.
Today, Microsoft has announced it has released a free update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta which will enable gameplay using Oculus Rift devices. The Mojang and Oculus Rift team have put in a lot of work on the VR version of Minecraft, especially with the controls.
According to Microsoft: “There is innate support for keyboard and mouse (for those who know their keyboard that well!), and a variety of VR control options for immersive comfortable turning with the Xbox One controller.”
You can see some of the improvements in action in the video above.
[Via Xbox Wire]