The next game that will be available for Windows Mixed Reality on launch day shouldn’t surprise anyone, it’s Minecraft VR from Microsoft’s own Mojang. You can watch a trailer for Minecraft VR above, although please note that it’s for the Oculus Rift version, for some reason they haven’t released a trailer for the Windows MR version yet but as far as I know the VR support should be the same for both.

As long as you already have Minecraft For Windows 10 (not the original version) then you won’t have to buy Minecraft VR, it will support VR for free on Windows Mixed Reality VR HMDs from October 17th!

You can read more about Minecraft VR in the following taken from the official website:

 

EXPLORE MINECRAFT IN VR

Get right inside the world of Minecraft with virtual reality. Build, explore and battle mobs – do all the things you know and love – but from a fresh perspective. With a VR headset on, coming face- to-face with monstrous mobs takes on new meaning; creeping into dark caves inspires even greater trepidation thanks to 3D audio; and the light of a gorgeous sunrise seems to envelop you more completely.

THE MINECRAFT YOU LOVE, TAILORMADE FOR VR

We’ve worked super hard to bring Minecraft to VR and made lots of tweaks – some subtle, some surprising – that make the game smoother to play in this unique medium. Here are some features you should know about!

The Virtual Living Room

Just relax! Full immersion VR can be intense, so we came up with a way to ease the strain. With a tap of your finger, you can step out of the world and play the game on a screen in a simulated lounge. It’s a great way to give yourself a bit of a break – without stopping play!

VR Turning

We’ve put a new spin on spinning! Moving round fast can feel disorienting in VR: your body’s not doing what your eyes see. Our solution lets you turn in snappy increments rather than a single arc. It’s surprising at first but quickly feels normal and is easier on the brain.

Enhanced VR Controls

We’ve made tiny, clever tweaks to the way you jump, walk and run to make VR feel as smooth as possible. You can use your head to steer where your character goes and the cursor now sticks to blocks as you dig at them – so you can take in the sights while you mine!

You can toggle these features (and many more) in the options, or revert entirely to regular Minecraft controls – but we think these tweaked controls provide the best way to play the game in VR. As with all new technology, read up on the hardware’s safety information before deciding whether it’s for you and remember to take regular breaks!

 

 

Are you a Minecraft fan and looking forward to the VR version? Have you played it on another VR system already and if so what did you think? Let us know in the comments below or create a discussion in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Games forum.

 

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Source: Mojang's YouTube Channel, Minecraft website