A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft had officially announced that Minecraft would be landing onto the virtual reality platform soon. A few days ago, we saw another announcement from the company’s partner, Mojang who stated that VR support would be coming this week. And sure enough, Microsoft announced today that the Minecraft Windows 10 Beta for VR is available for download.
The game can be played over Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset via traditional keyboards and mice, if you can work with them without looking at them. You could even pair up an Xbox One controller to make the experience even better. Early impressions of the game have been great. Most people who tried the VR rendition of Minecraft said that it’s amazing how the boxed world looks when you are part of it.
We’re also supporting MSAA in VR for crisp visuals, and there are new render distance settings that will put your powerful VR graphics card into good use,
writes Mike McGrath, Minecraft AR/VR Developer.
Many VR-specific options which affect comfort or rendering performance are recorded separately, so you can customize your VR experience, and still retain your traditional Minecraft experience exactly how you left it… when you left the real world, for the world of VR Minecraft!
VR support can be acquired via a free update to users who already own the Windows 10 Edition Beta version of the game. In case you haven’t already done this, you can still purchase the beta edition now.
According to the Redmond giant, the company has tweaked the highly popular game a lot to ensure that the maximum number of players are supported along with a fair bandwidth of systems. The new VR-specific customization options have been designed to either maximize performance or help increase player comfort. This is a choice for the user to make.