Minecraft has a long and bumpy history with virtual reality (VR) technology. Creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson famously announced that he had cancelled a potential port of the popular title to the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) when it was announced that Oculus VR was to be purchased by Facebook. Since then Persson has admitted that he is ‘over’ the situation, but has also sold the Minecraft IP to Microsoft. It’s currently not clear if the title will ever see official VR support, although a recent unofficial release may tide fans over while they wait.
VR One, the company behind the upcoming VR HMD of the same name, has recently released Mine Coaster for the Oculus Rift. The experience is simply a VR roller coaster, similar to many that have come before, albeit set in Minecraft‘s unique world of blocky environments and low resolution textures. Players simple sit in a kart and enjoy a ride that weaves through the environment. The experience is compatible with both the Oculus Rift’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2).
Interestingly the developer states that it will make users their own roller coaster if they get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mine Coaster is currently available to download for free over on the officual Oculus VR Share Beta on PC. Possible Mac and Linux versions of the experience are yet to be mentioned. VRFocus will continue to follow each and every application of VR, reporting back with any further updates.