Along with all the new, rather unknown titles that are programmed to be launched for the Oculus Rift in the near future, one particular title rears its head at us, the Minecraft VR game. While this is not a new addition to the virtual reality world, with one version of the game having been tested on the Microsoft HoloLens already, it’s certainly something different on the Oculus Rift.
There has already been a demonstration made of how Minecraft things work on the Oculus Rift last week at an Xbox showcase in San Francisco, just days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ambiguously suggested the game will eventually make it to the Oculus Rift a week prior.
The demonstration of the game showed a pretty complete experience that felt more than just ready to be released in the near future. And surprise came when Microsoft officially announced that Minecraft will be coming to the Oculus Rift this spring. Whether that means this spring as in as soon as the Rift ships out or this spring as in right before Q3 starts, is not yet known.
The incredibly popular game Minecraft was acquired by Microsoft from the original developer Mojang back in 2014 for the sum of $2.5 billion. Ever since its release, it has progressively been released on every single platform, to this day being able to be played on nearly everything you could ever think of: PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Wii U, OS X, Linux and even Raspberry Pi.
At the presentation, the company announced two ways you can play the game in, which makes for a very interesting approach to the entire ordeal. The fist method involved playing the game ‘inside a screen’, where there’s not much difference from playing it using a VR headset or a really huge looking TV screen to play it on. It’s a great alternative to the full VR experience because, as any user of VR headsets will be able to tell you, the experience can get pretty intense and tiring.
The other option is the full VR experience, which will put the entire world of Minecraft around you. While dealing with a rather odd-looking and out of place HUD that floats on your retina like a speck of something, being in the world of Minecraft is probably one of the best methods of showcasing what the potential of VR is. Which is more than unexpected since the virtual reality experience is supposed to be realistic and immersive. Doesn’t quite work when everything is made of blocks and pixels, you’d think.
Users who have tried out the game on the Oculus Rift were excited to announce that Minecraft manages to retain its unique essence and provide another sort of immersion instead.
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