Minecraft Launches On Rift In Beta

by Jamie Feltham • August 15th, 2016

Last week we reported that Minecraft‘s Windows 10 Edition would soon be updated with support for the Oculus Rift. Developer Mojang has not wasted any time; that version has now gone live.

The ever-popular videogame is now available from the Oculus store. Just like the version bought from Microsoft, it’s listed as a beta, though it’s listed as free. But don’t be fooled; it’s only the first 90 minutes you’ll get to play free of charge. After that you’ll have to pay $9.99 to gain access to the rest of the game. You’ll also be able to sync your purchases across versions of the game if you sign into your Microsoft Account over on the Windows Store.

Already got Minecraft? Well you get the Rift support for free, lucky you!

This is the full version of the game available to play in VR with a gamepad, just like you’d play it on a 2D monitor. That means you can access all of the same content either in-game or downloadable without any complications. You can watch the developers behind the game discuss how they got Minecraft into VR above.

Support for the Oculus Touch controllers will also be coming later this year, it’s now been confirmed.

It’s not Minecraft‘s first appearance in VR; the Pocket Edition of the game released for the Gear VR back in April. It’s also been available to play on both Rift and the HTC Vive through unofficial mods, though, as we reported earlier today, one of those has now been taken down with the release of the official Rift version.

This hopefully isn’t the end of the Minecraft VR story; we’d love to see the game come to Vive too later down the line. A PlayStation VR version doesn’t seem likely, though, considering developer is owned by Microsoft. We may one day see it on HoloLens, though.

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