Minecraft may become available for Oculus Quest and Oculus Go.
A request for the port of Oculus Quest was posted in May this year. Now this is the 3rd most popular offer of all time on the Minecraft feedback platform. A similar request, but for Oculus Go was made back in July 2018. His community also supported quite actively.
On Monday, Microsoft added the “pending” tag to both proposals by writing the following statement:
“Although we decided to abandon the Java client for these platforms, we are still tracking interest in the base version for these platforms.”
Minecraft is the best-selling 3D game in history, with over 150 million copies sold. It is available on almost all gaming platforms, and has cross-platform multiplayer between most of them.
Minecraft is already available in VR on Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. It was released for both platforms three years ago in 2016.
Gear VR runs in the same Oculus mobile store as Go, so in theory porting should be easy. In fact, some YouTuber even managed to download the game to the Go headset, although, as reported, in this case only single-user mode works. Oculus CTO John Carmack actively participated in porting the game to Gear VR and publicly expressed his interest in the standalone VR port.
The Minecraft team reportedly spent most of 2017 and 2018 porting the game to the Nintendo console. Initially, it was supposed to be released in 2017, but, subsequently, the project did not come out until mid-2018. In addition, the team made fundamental changes to the graphics engine in preparation for the Super Duper graphics pack, which was downloadable content designed to add modern graphics to the game. This bundle was supposed to be released in 2017, but has recently been canceled due to technical problems.
The delay in the release of these projects may mean that a lower priority task, such as the port of the game on standalone VR headsets, cannot get the development resources necessary for this