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Experience Minecraft in a whole new way with Oculus Rift Today

Welcome to Minecraft again… in VR!

Last fall, we announced that we were working with our partners at Oculus to develop Minecraft for VR. Finally, the time has come where we are ready to have everyone experience Minecraft in a whole new way through virtual reality on Oculus Rift. Starting today, as a thank you to our community, we’ll be releasing a free update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta which will enable gameplay using Oculus Rift devices. We’d like to welcome you to the game all over again, because it’s a fantastic new experience in VR, even if you’re a Minecraft veteran.  For new and experienced players, we hope the VR experience in Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta will illuminate just how powerful, evocative, and utterly immersive VR can really be.

We at Team Minecraft have worked hard on making Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition’s new VR feature a comfortable, engaging VR experience. The Windows 10 DX11 performance has been optimized even further to augment the VR experience, and along with the VR features we added previously to the Gear VR Edition of Minecraft, there are a ton of new options.  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.  We’re also supporting MSAA in VR for crisp visuals, and there are new render distance settings that will put your powerful VR graphics card into good use.  Many VR-specific options which affect comfort or rendering performance are recorded separately, so you can customize your VR experience, and still retain your traditional Minecraft experience exactly how you left it… when you left the real world, for the world of VR Minecraft! 😉

In the accompanying video, you can learn more about Minecraft in VR, and our journey to create it.  We hope you have as much fun with it as we did making it!

Cheers, Crafters!