Arguably the biggest title on the way to both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) right now is Minecraft. Oculus VR finally confirmed that the smash hit success would be coming to its platforms at the 2015 Oculus Connect 2 developer conference, following a long road that saw company CTO John Carmack fight hard to bring it to VR. But what about potential support for the other major PC-based HMD, the HTC Vive? According to developer Mojang, integration with that kit could ‘definitely’ happen later down the line.
The team’s Tommaso Checchi recently confirmed as much over on Reddit. When asked about the possibility of HTC Vive support, the developer replied: “Well, we can definitely do a Vive port in the future, but right now we have to get Oculus out of the door as good as we can…”
Checchi also noted that he didn’t think Minecraft would be a good fit for the HTC Vive’s user-tracking, though was quickly met with responses about how it could still be a seated VR experience as with the other versions. On top of that, the developer confirmed that Mojang did not have a deal with Oculus VR in place, and it was simply working on that platform because it was the first VR tech to become available to it.
Minecraft‘s VR support should prove to be a big deal for HMDs. Obviously, a large part of that is down to the sheer popularity of the videogame, which continues to top charts on the various platforms it’s now available for. But it’s also to do with the history Minecraft has with the Oculus Rift, with original creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson infamously cancelling original plans for a VR port when Oculus VR was purchased by social networking giant Facebook in 2014. A new version of the title is also in development for Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality (MR) HMD.
That just leaves PlayStation VR as a potential candidate for Minecraft VR.
Stay tuned to VRFocus for the latest on Minecraft’s VR support.