Oculus Rift Finally Gets a Killer App: Minecraft

By James O Malley on at

The final consumer version of the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset is due for release next year after several years of tinkering by developers. And finally, consumers who want to pick up the headset to game rather than code have a really good reason: Minecraft.

According to our pals at T3, Microsoft has confirmed that Minecraft for Windows 10 will soon be supporting what has become by far the most well known VR headset.

Perhaps the announcement is unsurprising, but it does point to being able to transport yourself inside your creations at the click of a button. Previously, the only way to do this was by installing fan-made mods. Making it official means less hassle, as well as the less technically adept being able to join in with a headset.

Interestingly, according to Digital Trends the move is a long time coming. Back when Minecraft developer Mojang was an independent company (it is now owned by Microsoft), creator Notch pulled out of a deal with Oculus after the latter was bought by Facebook. At the time Notch said that Facebook creeps him out.

So if you want our prediction for the hottest gift for kids next Christmas, we'd probably put money on an Oculus headset with a copy of Minecraft for Windows 10. [T3 via DigitalTrends]