If we’ve learned one thing over the years it’s that if it has a screen or some way of display visuals, then it can and will probably play Minecraft. All modern smartphones, tablets, game systems, computers, and more all have Minecraft. In fact, it’s already spread to VR devices like the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and even HTC Vive. But since we’re still waiting on the big augmented reality (AR) breakthrough to take the tech into the mainstream it hasn’t been implemented on that level yet in a consumer-facing way.
YouTube user Matthew Hallberg utilizes Apple’s new ARKit to experiment with what it might be like to play Minecraft in AR. Anyone that’s played the popular sandbox building and creation game know that you typically start by having a world (or “seed”) procedurally generated. No two game worlds are ever the same. You then explore, mine, and build things as you fight to survive. In the case of Minecraft AR though, the world you’re building in is just the real world around you with modern AR technology layered on top of it all. Check it out in the prototype video he made right here:
Sometimes it’s tough to imagine gaming-focused use cases for AR, but Minecraft seems like a great example. Imagine an official LEGO app that utilized AR displays — you’d never have to clean up those pesky blocks ever again.
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