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.
Creators of the popular game revealed this week that Minecraft has now been sold more than 100 million times – and a few copies have even made it to Antarctica. The figures combine sales from PC, console, and mobile versions of the game to create a user-base that'includes folks from every country and territory on the planet.' Creators of the popular game revealed this week that Minecraft has now been sold more than 100 million times – and a few copies have even made it to Antarctica. The figures combine sales from PC, console, and mobile versions of the game to create a user-base that'includes folks from every country and territory on the planet' Minecraft was created in 2009. At the start of the game, a player is put into a'virtually infinite game world.'
All these Lego Minecraft sets I've purchased for my 4.5-year-old are pulling double duty. So it is with a mix of naked longing and anticipatory digital exhaustion that I bring you the biggest Lego Minecraft set yet: The Mountain Cave, in all its 2,863 pieces, 12-inch high by 20-inch wide by 11-inch deep, $249.99 glory. Take that, The Village, last year's record holder with a comparably trifling 1,600 pieces. What you get for $250 -- in addition to tendonitis -- includes a winding minecart track with a redstone (that is, battery) powered minecraft elevator (plus two minecarts), a TNT blaster, both "first night" and mountaintop shelters, a rotating spider-spawner, a "charged" Creeper and a lava burst. If you want to light up stuff like the spawner, shelter, lava or various other thing, there's a movable light brick.