Following last fall, announcement of developing Minecraft for VR with Oculus—Microsoft releasing a free update to Minecraft version of Windows 10 Edition.
The new Beta which will enable gameplay using Oculus Rift devices.
Finally, “we’re ready to have everyone experience Minecraft in a whole new way through virtual reality on Oculus Rift,” the company stated adding, “they hope the VR experience in Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta will illuminate just how powerful, evocative, and utterly immersive VR can really be”.
In addition, Minecraft had already been launched for Samsung’s Gear VR, giving a taste of what a full-fledged VR experience would be like for the game.
Also, optimized Windows 10 DX11 performance to even further augment the VR experience.
“Many VR-specific options are recorded separately, so you can customize your VR experience, and still have your traditional Minecraft experience exactly how you left it!,” the team added.
In addition, options from the previously added to the Gear VR Edition of Minecraft are also incorporated into this Beta.
Some new features included in this VR Beta:
- Stutter view: Fast and smooth view changes made by moving a player’s head proved to be disorienting, so, when a player wants to rotate their horizontal orientation beyond a standard anchored aspect, a 22.5 degree turn can be made using their controller of choice.
- Controller choice will support either an Xbox One controller or the keyboard & mouse input when playing the game.
- Visual upgrades: players can sharpen details in view by enabling MSAA as well as increase view distances with a “supported video card”—older video card will run the risk of not being able to play the game as intended.
The Oculus team for smooth gameplay recommends atleast a NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD 290, ot more powerful graphics card than Custom tuning for performance and comfort while playing using the Oculus Rift.
Alos, to experience Minecraft in all its VR glory, the team suggest an Oculus Rift headset.
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