Minecraft developer Mojang has confirmed that the popular sandbox game is finally coming to the Oculus Rift next week, and further that the game would get support for Oculus’ Touch VR controllers later this year.
During an official Xbox stream, members of the Minecraft development team played the game entirely in virtual reality mode with the Oculus Rift and confirmed that the update (Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition v0.15.6) would launch next week and bring with it support for the Rift headset. During the stream it was confirmed that Minecraft would support Oculus Touch later this year, reports Reddit user Heaney555.
Minecraft saw its first official VR version when it launched for Samsung’s Gear VR headset back at the end of April. On the stream it was demonstrated that players will be able to play together in the same server across Rift, Gear VR, and PC versions.
Minecraft for Gear VR sells for $6.99, and unless Microsoft decides to charge a premium for the version with Rift support, we should be seeing it launch next week for the current $9.99 price. If you’ve purchased the prior PC version of Minecraft, you can get the Windows 10 Edition (and it’s forthcoming Rift support) for free.
While official VR support for the game is likely to remain an Oculus exclusive for some time, HTC Vive owners can play Minecraft already thanks to the impressive (and free) Vivecraft mod which also supports the system’s motion controllers.