‘Minecraft’ Is Officially Heading To PlayStation VR

Mojang’s free VR update arrives later this month on PlayStation 4.

This week is all about the PlayStation VR with Sony expected to drop an avalanche of VR-related news now until Friday, September 11th as part of the ongoing PlayStation VR spotlight. The company kicked-off its PSVR-focused event with a bang yesterday, revealing official PlayStation VR support for Minecraft on PlayStation 4.

“Us Mojang folks have been bursting to say something about this for ages!” said Robert Carpenter, Mojang Studios’ Executive Producer for Minecraft, in an official release. “PS VR support has actually been a planned PS4 feature since we got the thumbs-up from Sony to bring cross-platform play and the Bedrock version to PlayStation 4. There was never any question of would we, just when.”

According to yesterday’s blog update, VR support will arrive later this month as part of a free patch update for the original PlayStation 4 release. Much like the standard 2D version, VR players will control the action via a standard DualShock 4 controller. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of support for PlayStation Move, which means you’ll be using a controller for running, fighting, crafting; pretty much everything except looking around. Players will have access to two modes of play: Immersive and Living Room.

“Despite the pandemic adjusting how we develop Minecraft, development on Minecraft for PS VR has been relatively drama-free. Dare I say it, normal, even,” adds Carpenter. “The Minecraft x PSVR experience itself is based on the Minecraft VR tech that we developed for other VR platforms a few years back. SkyBox Labs took that and have been working their magic to convert and optimize the existing tech for PS VR. And, of course, our friends at Sony have been there all along the way to guide us because they know their system better than anyone.”

Sony’s PlayStation VR spotlight runs now until 7 am this Friday. There’s also a sale happening until the Wednesday the 9th featuring killer deals on the following titles:

  • Arizona Sunshine
  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Blood & Truth
  • Borderlands 2 VR
  • Everybody’s Golf VR
  • Farpoint
  • Firewall Zero Hour
  • Marvel’s Iron Man VR
  • L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files
  • Superhot VR
  • Tetris Effect
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

Meanwhile, Oculus Quest players could be waiting much longer for their chance to explore the Nether in VR. In a statement first spotted by UploadVR, Minecraft Realms developer CornerHard comments on the progress of Minecraft on Oculus Quest:

“No news on Quest support. We’d need to rework how VR locomotion works so you could move your player by physically walking, which is different than how it works currently.”

Not exactly a confident inducing statement…

Image Credit: Sony PlayStation

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