Minecraft now available on Gear VR

Ben Parfitt
Minecraft now available on Gear VR

While still in development for Oculus Rift, Mojang has released a surprise virtual reality version of Minecraft for Samsung Gear VR.

It apparently boasts all the same features as the recently expanded Pocket Edition smartphone version. Furthermore, it costs the same and boasts cross-platform play with the standard version, too, although it is a separate download.

If you have the Samsung S6 or the snazzy new S7, the screen resolution is pretty fabulous – so you won't be easily distracted by the pixels,” Mojang said. Older phone models might not run the game quite as well in true stereo or with as high a draw distance, but it's always amazing to plug yourself into the world of Minecraft without any cables tethering you to a PC.

We think it's a super fun way to play the game, but, as with all new technology, read up on the safety information before deciding whether it's for you. You should always take regular breaks, as longer sessions can make some players feel a bit icky or strain tired eyes. We've thought hard about this and made loads of tiny tweaks to bring Minecraft to VR, like letting you turn the camera in snappy increments. It's a bit surprising at first but quickly feels normal and is a lot easier on the brain.”

Players will need a Gear VR compatible handset such as the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note5, S6 or S6 Edge. A Bluetooth controller is also required, obviously, as the screen will be strapped to your face.

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