In recognition of the game’s one year anniversary, Microsoft announces plans to bring Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition to Oculus Rift within the next few weeks.
Last year, Mojang announced plans to bring its smash hit game Minecraft to Oculus Rift. While we still don’t know the exact date the game is coming to the virtual reality platform, we do know that it will be soon, as Microsoft has announced plans to bring Minecraft to Oculus Rift within the next few weeks.
Oculus Rift support for Minecraft is coming specifically to the Windows 10 edition of the game, in recognition of its one year anniversary. Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition released on July 29th, 2015, but fans shouldn’t expect Oculus Rift support to be added tomorrow to align with its exact anniversary. Since Microsoft said the feature would come within the next few weeks, an August release seems more likely.
If Oculus Rift support isn’t added by the end of August, maybe Mojang will wait for September 24th to bring it to Minecraft. That date coincides with MineCon 2016, which is scheduled to take place in Anaheim, California, and Mojang has already promised a “surprise” for Minecraft fans at the event. It stands to reason that the surprise in question could be Oculus Rift support finally coming to Minecraft.
Alternatively, the surprise could be Minecraft Oculus Rift support coming to the Xbox One version of the game as well. Having said that, Microsoft has yet to deliver on its promise of bringing Oculus to Xbox One, and it may end up being a feature that is exclusive to the more powerful Project Scorpio console.
Of course, there’s a chance Mojang’s surprise may not have anything to do with Minecraft‘s virtual reality future. It could be an update regarding Minecraft on HoloLens, or it could have something to do with the upcoming Minecraft feature film adaptation. With a franchise as expansive as Minecraft, Mojang’s surprise could really be anything.
Regardless of whether or not Mojang’s surprise has anything to do with virtual reality, Oculus Rift support is still promised to come soon. It will be interesting to see if the addition of Oculus Rift will result in an increase in Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition sales, and likewise, if the popular game will increase interest in the headset. Time will tell, but considering Minecraft‘s track record, there’s little reason to doubt that it will be as successful on Oculus Rift as it has been on other platforms.
Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition will be compatible with Oculus Rift at some point in the next few weeks.