Microsoft has just launched a Gear VR edition of Minecraft and it look’s just as good as the version created for the Oculus Rift. Probably due to the fact that it was created with input from famous game designer John Carmack – creator of Doom and Quake – and now, CTO (chief technical officer) of Oculus.
Carmack announced to developers at the ‘connect conference’ in 2015 that it was his “quest” to get Minecraft onto the Gear VR. Well, apparently Carmack is the guy you want buy your side if your about to embark on a quest because he’s managed to make this happen through pure determination. He explained that “On the phone, I said that if this doesn’t happen, I’m going to cry. This will just be so terrible. This will be the best thing that we can do for the platform. But there are some problems that compilers can’t solve.” Industry leaders obviously listened to Carmack and it took for Mark Zuckerberg to sit down with Microsoft chief Satya Nadella, to ensure that the Miencraft deal would actually happen. Luckily Carmack didn’t have to weep over what could have been.
Carmack is evidently passionate about this game and what it could mean to VR, explaining in a statement that “Minecraft is a game that you can both figuratively and literally lose yourself in. In fact, my strongest memories of being inside VR are from the time I’ve spent exploring Minecraft on Gear VR. Experiencing it in virtual reality changes it from an abstract activity to a visceral one — it goes from a sense of playing the game to one of being inside your world, and spinning around to find a creeper sneaking up on you leaves a powerful impression. Infinite worlds have been explored, shaped, and shared by millions of people, and now in VR; that sounds a bit like the fabled Metaverse.”
Minecraft is now available through the Oculus app store for the price of $7
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