Minecraft, the hit block-building videogame that's taken over the best minds of a generation, is now available to play on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, as parent company Mojang announced today. You'll need an Oculus Rift headset ( 599, powerful gaming computer sold separately), as well as a copy of the Minecraft for Windows 10 beta ( 9.99). We've got at least one of those things here at the Popular Science offices, so if you see productivity plummet in the afternoon hours today here, you'll know why. This isn't actually the first virtual reality manifestation of Minecraft: Mojang released a version for the Samsung's cheaper 99 Gear VR earlier this year. But the Oculus version has some features optimized for the PC (mouse, keyboard, and Xbox controller support), and a "virtual living room" that lets you toggle out of the VR view to get a more traditional "flat" screen for times when you don't want to feel like a Creeper is breathing down your neck.
If all you've ever wanted to do in virtual reality is swing a pixellated virtual pick, that happy day has finally arrived. Minecraft for Samsung and Oculus' Gear VR headset is available right now from the Oculus Store for 6.99. It's technically called Minecraft: Gear VR Edition, but it's basically Minecraft Pocket Edition for Samsung and Oculus' tether-free 99 budget-priced headset. The catch is that you'll need a recent Galaxy S-series phone, limiting the appeal to a subset of Android users. If you've already checked that box, this version has all the Pocket Edition's Creative and Survival modes, skins and multiplayer options.
The Minecraft Metaverse is now a fully immersive experience, as the firm reveals it is available today for the Samsung's Gear VR headset. Minecraft: Gear VR Edition is a mobile virtual reality game that costs 6.99 through the Oculus Store, and will allow gamers to step inside the worlds they've built. The game will so far only work with Samsung phones compatible with Gear VR, but creators say an Oculus Rift version is on its way. The Minecraft Metaverse is now a fully immersive experience, as the firm reveals it is available today for the Samsung's Gear VR headset. Minecraft: Gear VR Edition is a mobile virtual reality game that costs 6.99 through the Oculus Store, and will allow gamers to step inside the worlds they've built Minecraft was created in 2009.
Last month, Microsoft announced plans to bring Xbox Wireless tech to PCs and other gaming accessories starting with Lenovo's IdeaCentre Y710 Cube. Today, the company went a step further with controller support for Samsung's Gear VR headset. That's right, the Xbox Wireless Controller will soon work with Samsung's phone-driven virtual reality device. Minecraft: Gear VR Edition will be the first game to make use of the feature, but eventually you'll be able to use it on any Gear VR title with controller support. While the Gear VR version of Minecraft is already available, an update next month will flip the switch on the controller compatibility.