Microsoft will bring Minecraft to the Samsung Gear VR
Putting a popular franchise like Minecraft on a consumer-friendly virtual reality platform could boost interest in this brave new world.
Prepare to walk among the creepers, cave spiders, and other characters that make up the Minecraft world.
Microsoft has previously revealed that the Windows 10 version of Minecraft will be compatible with the Oculus Rift headset, with a release targeted for the spring. But with the Gear VR priced at only $99 and bundled with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge as part of several promotions, the Minecraft world could get in front of a lot more faces.
Why this matters: For such a popular game to make the move to VR bodes well for Minecraft’s expansion to other platforms and the future of virtual-reality gaming. Because of its low price and tie-in to the popular Samsung Galaxy smartphone lineup, the Gear VR is an accessible option for gamers to get their first taste of virtual reality. Minecraft also has universal appeal given that it’s family-friendly and not loaded up with excessive amounts of violence. The game also is unlikely to induce episodes of nausea, which can happen with more motion-intensive VR games.
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