Minecraft: Gear VR Edition is available now for $6.99

If you own a Samsung Gear VR and often have a jonesing for a dose of VR Minecraft on the go, Oculus has a fix for you today. The company announced that Minecraft: Gear VR Edition is now available on the Oculus Store for $6.99. Game development legend John Carmack says "my strongest memories of being inside VR are from the time I’ve spent exploring Minecraft on Gear VR." 'Nuff said.

Oculus says this version of Minecraft supports the same gameplay features as Minecraft Pocket Edition, like Creative and Survival modes, skins, and multiplayer environments. As you can see in the trailer above, the Gear VR lets players enjoy the game in a kind of "theater mode" that displays the game on a blocky virtual screen, or in a first-person mode that's purportedly more "intense and immersive." Aside from a compatible Samsung smartphone and a Gear VR headset, Minecraft: Gear VR Edition requires a controller like SteelSeries' Stratus XL to work. Regular Minecraft is coming to the Oculus Rift at some point, but the Gear VR version might be more accessible to the general public for now.

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