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Markus “Notch” Persson and Jens “Jeb” Bergensten pose with Oculus Rift developer kits in 2012.

Minecraft developer Markus “Notch” Persson recently made a trip to visit Oculus VR and Valve to check out their latest work in VR. Notch seemed suitably blown away by the virtual reality hardware that he saw, but will we ever see Oculus Rift support from Mojang’s games?

Notch, who pitched in $10,000 to the Oculus Rift Kickstarter, said that his trip to meet Oculus was thanks to his contribution. Presumably after having checked out Oculus’ latest prototype (probably the Crystal Cove prototype, but maybe something beyond it) Notch had some kind words for Oculus VR:

In the same trip, Notch got to try Valve’s VR headset prototype:

Will Notch’s renewed interest in virtual reality and the Oculus Rift lead to official support in Mojang’s current or future games?

Mojang, Notch’s company, was one of the first in the world to get their hands on the original Oculus Rift dev kit. Despite multiple mentions that Mojang games would probably get Oculus Rift support, the company has yet to release anything with VR support. 0x10c, Notch’s former project, was supposed to see Oculus Rift support, but the game was sadly cancelled. As with the long-promised but never-delivered modding API for Minecraft, third-party developers have already stepped up and done impressive work with the Minecrift plugin which adds Oculus Rift support to Minecraft.

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