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You can now play Minecraft in virtual reality

Published Apr 27th, 2016 3:37PM EDT
Minecraft Gear VR Release Date
Image: Mojang

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If there’s one game that everyone has been dying to see make the transition to virtual reality, it’s Minecraft. With its infinite, procedural generated worlds, it could be one of the first VR games with the ability to complete immerse players from the minute they put on their headsets — and now it’s finally available on the Gear VR.

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Mojang announced the immediate availability of Minecraft: Gear VR Edition on Wednesday. It has all of the same features as the Pocket Edition as well as cross-platform play with the Pocket and Windows 10 editions, and it costs $6.99.

Mojang notes that older Samsung phone models might not be able to support the draw distance or the resolution of the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S7. That’s not to say that the game won’t run, it just won’t look as nice on older phones.

As Oculus explains in a separate blog post, you’ll need a gamepad in order to battle, build and move around the world, so consider picking up a SteelSeries Stratus XL (or any other compatible controller) before you buy Minecraft on Gear VR.

Mojang is still working on the full virtual reality edition of Minecraft for Oculus Rift, but if you have a Gear VR and don’t want to wait for the full-featured version, this should be an acceptable substitute in the meantime.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.