Last month, during GDC 2016 event in San Francisco, we knew about Microsoft’s plans to release Minecraft for Gear VR. But still pricing and availability were unknown at that moment.
Oculus on Wednesday has announced that the open-world hit is now available on Samsung’s virtual reality headset. Officially dubbed Minecraft: Gear VR Edition, the game is said to support the same features as the Pocket Edition, including its creative, survival and multiplayer modes, as well as the character skins your familiar with.
“We worked closely with the Minecraft team to let you step inside your Minecraft world with friends. Now you can build, explore, battle mobs and all your other favorite Minecraft activities – with the power of mobile virtual reality,” the company said in a statement.
The new version of the Minecraft will work just like the Pocket Edition, giving you access to Creative and Survival modes, along with the option of multiplayer and skins.
There will be two viewing options for players, one being in theatre view which is basically like having a giant floating like virtual screen in front inside a rusty-looking room, or else the more immersive option that thrusts you into first-person view.
“Minecraft is a game that you can both figuratively and literally lose yourself in,” said John Carmack who is a CTO of Oculus VR. “In fact, my strongest memories of being inside VR are from the time I’ve spent exploring Minecraft on Gear VR.”
John Carmack added that “Experiencing it in virtual reality changes it from an abstract activity to a visceral one – it goes from a sense of playing the game to one of being inside your world, and spinning around to find a creeper sneaking up on you leaves a powerful impression. Infinite worlds have been explored, shaped, and shared by millions of people, and now in VR; that sounds a bit like the fabled Metaverse,”
Currently Minecraft: Gear VR Edition is available on the Oculus Store for $6.99 (Approx Rs. 460 in India).