Get your goggles ready! You can now play Minecraft on Gear VR-compatible Samsung phones - the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, Note5, S6 and S6 edge. It works by slotting your Samsung phone into the Gear VR headset and displaying one whole Minecraft world to each of your eyes! A marvel of modern science.
Our virtual reality edition of Minecraft for the Oculus Rift is still on its way, but to make things simple, we’ve released a separate version on the Oculus Store just for use with the Gear VR. It has all the features of Pocket Edition, costs the same and has cross-platform play with regular Pocket and Windows 10 editions. You’ll need a compatible Bluetooth controller too.
If you have the Samsung S6 or the snazzy new S7, the screen resolution is pretty fabulous - so you won’t be easily distracted by the pixels. Older phone models might not run the game quite as well in true stereo or with as high a draw distance, but it’s always amazing to plug yourself into the world of Minecraft without any cables tethering you to a PC. Just make sure you don’t tread on the cat!
We think it’s a super fun way to play the game, but, as with all new technology, read up on the safety information before deciding whether it’s for you. You should always take regular breaks, as longer sessions can make some players feel a bit icky or strain tired eyes. We’ve thought hard about this and made loads of tiny tweaks to bring Minecraft to VR, like letting you turn the camera in snappy increments. It’s a bit surprising at first but quickly feels normal and is a lot easier on the brain.
You can read more about these features on our new VR page!
Hope you like it as much as we do!
Marsh - @marshdavies