Minecraft has always pushed the boundaries in terms of gaming and technology. It started out as a desktop game then quickly made its way to mobile devices and game consoles. Now, it’s breaking down another barrier by partnering with Samsung’s Gear VR and becoming one of the first games to be played on virtual reality.
The game, called Minecraft: Gear VR Edition, retails for $6.99 and can be bought from the Oculus Store. (For those wondering why this is so, Samsung actually partnered with virtual-reality pioneer Oculus to create the Gear VR.) Oculus and Minecraft worked together to create a seamless universe wherein players can easily enter the Minecraft world and experience it in virtual reality.
Minecraft: Gear VR Edition is made for VR, but it has all the features that Minecraft Pocket Edition has, such as skins, Creative and Survival modes, and multiplayer options. So, if you’re familiar with Pocket Edition, you’ll find it easy to navigate through Gear VR Edition.
According to a video released by Oculus, the games comes with two modes. The first mode brings you into a digital room and lets you play the game on a digital TV, which is a bit like having an avatar through which you play Minecraft. The second mode allows you to fully immerse yourself in the game as if you’re really in the Minecraft universe, giving you 360-degree vision and letting you build structures, interact with mobs, and go on adventures on a first-person basis. There’s nothing wrong with the first mode but, if you want to make the most of VR technology and enjoy an immersive gaming experience, you’ll want to use the second mode.
To enjoy Minecraft: Gear VR Edition, you’ll need to buy the Gear VR headset, which is sold at around $99. This may sound pricey but, considering that there are many things that you can do with it aside from playing Minecraft, you might find that the investment is worth it. You’ll also have to purchase an external gamepad to control the game.
Of course, you have to make sure that your phone is powerful enough to handle virtual reality. The best phones for this are the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the recently released S7, both of which have excellent screen resolution and ensure that there wouldn’t be any pixels that would bother you.
Aside from creating the version for the Gear VR, Mojang promises fans that Minecraft would be available for the Oculus Rift and for the Microsoft HoloLens.
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