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Minecraft now playable in VR with Oculus Rift

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Minecraft players can now jump directly into the blocky world if they have an Oculus Rift: The Windows 10 version of the sandbox game is now compatible with the virtual reality headset, Microsoft announced today.

A new, free update to the beta of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is coming today to add support for the Rift. The Oculus Rift version of Minecraft builds on the edition that was released for Samsung’s Gear VR this past April. New features include keyboard and mouse support; VR control options to make it comfortable to move using an Xbox One controller; visual settings such as multisample anti-aliasing to take advantage of powerful graphics hardware; and VR-specific options so you can customize your VR experience without affecting your Minecraft play style. (A full breakdown of the VR settings is available in this PDF from developer Mojang.)

Owners of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition will need to download a custom launcher from the Oculus Store in order to play the game with a Rift headset. You can hear developers from Mojang explain how they put together the Rift version in the video above. For more, check out our own hands-on impressions below of how Minecraft worked with the Oculus Rift way back in March.

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