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Minecraft Comes to Virtual Reality on the Oculus Rift

Did you get one of those hot new home VR headsets earlier this year? You may now be wondering where all the games are. Well, Microsoft and Mojang are doing their part this week, launching Minecraft for the Oculus Rift. You’re about to get a lot more familiar with Creepers.

Minecraft already made its way to the Samsung Gear VR headset, which is based on Oculus technology, so Mojang isn’t making too big of a jump here. They’re doing Windows 10 players a solid, too — instead of making it a separate release, the development team is adding VR functionality to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta. Anyone that has that will be able to get a free update and download a special launcher from the Oculus Store to get up close and personal with blocky goodness.

In a blog post published earlier this week, the team confirmed that the VR version of the game works with either keyboard and mouse or an Xbox One controller. They’ve also optimized the graphics to take advantage of Nvidia’s and AMD’s new GPUs — while pixelation is a feature of Minecraft, taking it too far is going to make for a rough VR experience.

While Minecraft has been playable on both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive for months using mods, this is the first official release for either VR platform. No word on whether or not there will be an official release for the Vive, but given Microsoft’s working relationship with Oculus (the Rift ships with an Xbox One controller), it seems somewhat unlikely.