Carmack Clarifies: ‘Minecraft is definitely coming to Gear VR’

Earlier today Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) creator Palmer Luckey took to the stage at Oculus Connect 2 to announce that Minecraft would be heading to the device. The news came as a big surprise given the ever-popular videogame’s rocky relationship with the HMD. Shortly after that, Oculus VR CTO John Carmack took to the stage of the developer conference in Hollywood, California, to host his own keynote talk. During his own session he mentioned Minecraft for Oculus VR’s mobile HMD, Gear VR. Now Carmack has clarified that the title is ‘definitely’ coming to the device.


“Sorry I wasn’t more clear,” the developer recently noted on Twitter, “Minecraft is definitely coming to GearVR! Cordless swivel chair play FTW!” The last part of the tweet refers back to his talk, where Carmack talked about how the Gear VR’s wire-free setup allows players to engage with VR experiences hassle-free on a swivel chair. His talk spent a lot of time detailing the effort he’d gone to to get Minecraft onto Gear VR, so it makes sense that, after all of that, it is indeed heading to the device.

The Gear VR itself saw a huge focus at Oculus Connect 2 this year, with Oculus VR and co-creator Samsung finally revealing the consumer version of the device, which is priced at just $99 USD. Of course, users will be a compatible Samsung smartphone to run with the kit, but the entirety of the company’s 2015 line-up, from the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge Plus, support the device. It’s also 22 percent lighter than the previous Gear VR model and boasts and improved touchpad.

VRFocus will continue to follow the VR versions of Minecraft closely, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.