Minecraft gets native Oculus Rift support


— 6:28 PM on August 15, 2016

Minecraft is such a ubiquitous cultural touchstone these days that it was only a matter of time before it officially arrived on a PC-powered VR headset. Now, that day is here. Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta can run natively on the Oculus Rift. Mojang team member Saxs Persson goes so far as to call the game "an innovation platform that goes everywhere and does everything" in a behind-the-scenes video that highlights how the company adapted the game to VR, and far be it from us to argue.

VR support isn't the only major feature in this release of Minecraft. With the Windows 10 Beta Edition, players can now enjoy cross-platform multiplayer on the Rift and Gear VR headsets, along with Android, iOS, and Windows 10 devices. Mojang also promises to add support for the Oculus Touch controllers for free when those peripherals arrive later this year.

I'm away from TR's Oculus Rift at the moment, but I'm interested to see how Minecraft's first-person perspective—a genre that's sometimes a barf engine in VR—translates to the Rift and its Xbox controller as soon as I return from the Intel Developer Forum this weekend. Minecraft Windows 10 Beta Edition is available as a free upgrade for existing Minecraft owners, and it's $9.99 for the uninitiated on the Windows and Oculus stores. As the name implies, the game only runs on Microsoft's latest OS. 

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