Microsoft, Facebook Team Up for Minecraft Launch on Oculus Rift

The software giant Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) revealed that its popular video game Minecraft is now compatible with the Oculus Rift VR headset of Facebook Inc. This collaboration is set to take the video game to another level.

Mr. Mike McGrath, the developer of Minecraft, stated in a blog post: “We’d like to welcome you to the game all over again, because it’s a fantastic new experience in VR, even if you’re a Minecraft veteran.” The mentioned blog post also pointed out that users have to utilize the Windows 10 beta version of Minecraft, which is presently available free of charge for those who have already purchased it for PC. For those who haven’t bought it, the game can be availed for $10.

The famous video game features a blocky 3D world, wherein the player has to dig and gather resources, build shelters, as well as craft items and weapons. Yet, a great number of players opt to play in Creative Mode, wherein there are no threats and the resources are infinite.

With the Oculus Rift version of Minecraft, gamers can make use of the keyboards and mouse to control their movement. In addition, Microsoft Corp has made an advanced step of including an Xbox One game controller support. If players feel too engrossed, they can always step back to a virtual living room mode. In this mode, the game is displayed in a virtual 2D screen.

It typically takes some time for gamers to get used to the new virtual reality version of the game, and those who are unfamiliar with this often have to take some time to fully comprehend that they can turn their heads in 360 degrees. As of the month of June this year, the video game reached sales of 100 million units, with the average daily sale of 53,000 units.

Even though Microsoft has discussed about Minecraft’s Oculus Rift version for a couple of months, the software corporation always advertised Hololens on stage. Hololens is the augmented reality glasses of Microsoft. The new version of the video game includes the virtual elements in the real world, which gamers can see in their daily lives.

At present, the most recent iteration including the Pocket Edition that can be run on smartphones and tablets that operates on Windows 10, utilizes the newer C++ version of Minecraft that doesn’t include the advanced features of the original version that is Java-based. Yet, Microsoft stated that it aims to enhance it in the near future.

So far this 2016, the stock of the Windows maker has edged higher by nearly 3.5 percent in value, while the shares of Facebook soared by more than 16 percent. As of 4:45 AM GMT -4 on August 16, the MSFT stock is changing hands at $58.12, up by 0.31 percent or 0.18 points.

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