So you sank your entire weekend into building a massive fantasy cathedral with hidden, redstone-powered doors and a legion of loyal dogs at your beck and call. You even got that potion brewing room squared away. Sure, it’s satisfying and all to patrol the high buttresses of your kingdom through a flat, 2D screen, but wouldn’t it be so much nicer if you could hop into your Minecraft world and never ever leave? Well, now you can, because Minecraft has just gone virtual reality on the Samsung Gear VR.
That means if you’re the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Note 5, Galaxy S6, or Galaxy S6 edge, then you can slide your phone into a Gear VR headset and hop right into the paradise world you crafted with the sweat of your brow and the deaths of many, many pickaxes. Minecraft: Gear VR Edition is almost identical to Pocket Edition, and it can be found in the Oculus Store for $6.99. Mojang has announced that Oculus Rift support is well on its way too, so soon you’ll be able to virtually experience the PC world as well.
Mojang offers a few words of caution before you get fully immersed in your world. It’s no news to anyone that Minecraft is a thoroughly addicting game, so the company is warning newcomers to virtual reality to take frequent breaks, as many players report feeling a little woozy after long mining binge sessions. Mojang has also launched a dedicated VR page that details the subtle differences in VR Minecraft and the traditional version.
In an era where many are concerned that VR might not have enough content to engage a sufficiently robust userbase, the arrival of one of the world’s most popular games to the platform bodes well. Let us know if you’ll be snatching this title up, and tell us what your virtual crafting experience is like in the comments below!