Minecraft is one of those games that feels like it was designed with virtual reality in mind. The game has been and always will be about exploring a vast, virtual world — sure, it may not be the most realistic-looking game on the market, but there's no denying that wandering around a peaceful Minecraft world is an experience that few other titles can replicate.
For many, the idea of taking that same immersion into a VR headset is a dream come true.
Thankfully, that dream will soon become a reality: after nearly a year of development, Oculus and Mojang have confirmed that Oculus Rift support for Minecraft is on the way. There's still no firm release date, and there's no word on VR support for any other versions of the game, but at least fans finally have some indication of when the feature is set to launch.
To celebrate the Windows 10 Edition's one-year anniversary, Mojang revealed a bevy of new features headed to Minecraft — one of which was Oculus support. However, Mojang only confirmed that VR support is coming, not when to expect it:
"And our work is not done ... in the coming weeks, we'll enable support for the Oculus Rift, giving players a whole new perspective on their favorite game."
It's about as vague as you can get, but it does finally give the feature a release window. "In the coming weeks" seems to hint at an August launch — who knows, maybe Mojang is gearing up for a big reveal at Gamescom 2016?
Sadly, there's really nothing else to go on: without any other sort of qualifier, there's no way to pin down exactly when Oculus support is coming to Minecraft. Given the nature of the game's development, "the coming weeks" could mean everything from August to October — but until Mojang decides to be a bit more specific in its wording, fans will just have to wait and see what happens.
At the very least, Mojang and the folks over at Blockworks released an amazing video to celebrate the game's one-year anniversary. Sure, it doesn't clear anything up, but the video is absolutely gorgeous — and the best part is that anyone who wants to play through the world shown in the video can download the map for free!
Hopefully, Microsoft will come out with a more solid release date for Minecraft's upcoming VR support — if it does, we'll be sure to update this story as soon as possible. If you haven't made the switch to the game's Windows 10 Edition quite yet, it's free for anyone with a copy of the original PC and Mac versions.