Minecraft steps into virtual reality as Samsung Gear VR Edition appears in Oculus Store

PCWorld

Minecraft--the popular world-building game--is now available in virtual reality. Minecraft: Gear VR Edition went on sale Wednesday in the Oculus Store, selling at 7 to download. The game includes all the features of Pocket Edition, including a "creative" mode that lets you build out a world, "survival" mode for fighting, and a multiplayer option. While available in the Oculus store, the game is meant to be played on the 100 Samsung Gear VR headset, which in turn requires the use of a Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6, or Galaxy S6 Edge. "Experiencing (Minecraft) in virtual reality changes it from an abstract activity to a visceral one," Oculus's John Carmack said in a blog post announcing the game.


High-speed 5G network seen as ready to give big boost to online gaming

The Japan Times

CHIBA – Next-generation 5G networking was the big draw at Tokyo Game Show 2019, setting pulses racing with the prospect of a radically more immersive gaming experience. Offering data transmission speeds around 100 times faster than 4G, 5G is expected to enable more seamless imagery with lower latency, more vivid images and sharper motion. Industry experts say it will dramatically improve the quality of augmented and virtual reality games. "It was very smooth, responsive and consistent," said Omar Alshiji, a 23-year-old game designer from Bahrain, after trying out the fighting game "Tekken" at the NTT Docomo Inc. booth at the four-day game show in Chiba. The major mobile carrier installed 5G base stations at its booth this year, making the high-speed network available at the show.


High-speed 5G network seen as ready to give big boost to online gaming

The Japan Times

CHIBA – At this year's Tokyo Game Show, the big draw was next-generation 5G networking -- setting pulses racing with the prospect of a radically more immersive gaming experience. Offering data transmission speeds around 100 times faster than 4G, 5G is expected to enable more seamless imagery -- particularly lower latency, more vivid images -- and sharper motion. Industry experts say it will dramatically improve the quality of augmented and virtual reality games. "It was very smooth, responsive and consistent," said Omar Alshiji, a 23-year-old game designer from Bahrain, after trying out the fighting game Tekken at the NTT Docomo Inc. booth. The major mobile carrier installed 5G base stations at its booth this year, making the high-speed network available at the show.


Microsoft Minecraft for Windows 10 beta now supports Oculus Rift

ZDNet

Microsoft is adding a free update to the beta version of Minecraft for Windows 10 that will bring Oculus Rift headset compatibility to the game. Microsoft has been known to be working the Oculus team as of a year ago on developing a virtual-reality-enabled version of Minecraft. Microsoft officials said today, August 15, that Minecraft's Windows 10 DX11 performance "has been optimized even further to augment the VR experience." In addition to the VR features Microsoft added to the Gear VR Edition of Minecraft, Microsoft also added some additional new options, such as support for keyboard and mouse and VR control options for "immersive comfortable turning" when using the Xbox One controller. We must face up to the potential dangers of widespread virtual reality technology before it's too late.


Disney VR experiment allows users to catch real objects

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Creating convincing virtual worlds which we can touch and feel was once just the dream of science fiction. But developments in VR technology over recent years could soon make this a reality. Now Disney has shown that existing technology can be used to achieve a very basic version of this effect - but it could unlock the door to further developments in the future. Disney's Research team in Los Angeles has created a system that allows users to catch a real ball based on a virtual image. Their simulation is powered by the Unity 3D game engine, which has been used to create computer games like Deus Ex: The Fall, Assassin's Creed: Identity and the Kerbal Space Program space flight simulator.