‘Minecraft’ coming to PlayStation VR later this month

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It’s all-too-easy to get immersed in a game of “Minecraft.” Whether you’re building elaborate structures in creative mode or dodging creepers in survival mode, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Now, players with a PlayStation VR headset will be able to get even closer to the brick world.

Sony announced on Monday that it is bringing support for Microsoft’s ever-popular title to its virtual reality (VR) platform. The news is a dream come true for players who have been waiting for years to play “Minecraft” in VR on PlayStation.

Brick By Brick

Sony’s “Minecraft” VR announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise. It was only a matter of time before the entertainment giant added support for the game to its VR platform. Mojang has been working on supporting Sony’s VR headset since cross-platform play on the PS4 was enabled back in 2019.

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In a blog post, Sony says, “Everyone who has ‘Minecraft’ on PlayStation 4 will get that patch automatically. Download that patch and you’ll get access to the new ‘Minecraft’ VR functionality.”

Players can expect two ways to enjoy “Minecraft” in VR—Immersive and Living Room. So far, Sony hasn’t released details about what either mode entails. Importantly, the VR version will be “100 percent the same Minecraft game that you can play every day, every week, every month, every year…on PlayStation 4. Nothing removed. 100 percent wholesome & pure full-fat Minecraft.”

There may be a few minor tweaks to things like the interface. However, there shouldn’t be any major differences. Players will be able to interact with the “Minecraft” world using a PS4 controller while looking around with the PS VR headset.

Fans of the game will be happy to know that the upgrade is free for everyone who already owns “Minecraft.” Considering that Sony can be finicky with its virtual reality platform, this is good news.

Always Growing

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time “Minecraft” will be playable in VR. The popular game launched for other platforms, like the Oculus Rift, as early as 2016. Until now, Sony’s PlayStation VR hardware has been overlooked.

The forthcoming upgrade will make VR “Minecraft” more accessible for those who prefer console gaming over a PC.

Support for PlayStation VR comes at a perfect time for “Minecraft.” Since Microsoft acquired Mojang—the studio behind the hit title—in 2014, its popularity has continued to skyrocket. Sales of the game have now topped 200 million across various platforms.

The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted “Minecraft’s” numbers even further. Microsoft said that it saw a 25 percent increase in new players in April and a 40 percent bump in the number of people playing together. As everyone looks for creative ways to stay connected while also staying safe, “Minecraft” is a perfect option.

Although the game is already very immersive, playing it in VR takes things to a whole new level. PlayStation VR owners should clear their schedules when the VR update arrives so they can experience “Minecraft” like never before.

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