Minecraft gets Oculus Rift support via third-party mod

By Nir Kenner on

Oculus Rift, the virtual reality visor that came into fruition after an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign last summer is still making waves around the internet. If you are one of the lucky few to own a headset unit -- or have one on preorder -- and happen to be be a fan of sandbox sensation Minecraft, here's something that might make your head turn: MTBS3D forum user StellaArtois has developed a mod to enable Oculus Rift support.

Dubbed Minecrift, the fan-made modification is still in need of some tweaking, but it already incorporates head tracking and warping. StellaArtois explains that it took extensive understanding of the OpenGL API in order to devise a solution, especially when the mod was created even before his Rift dev kit arrived, as he had to rely on other forum users to provide feedback for tweaking.

Minecraft developer Mojang had previously expressed interest in the VR headset and already has one in house, but official support for the Rift isn't on the horizon yet. Nathan Adams, one of the game's developers recently tweeted that fully implementing Rift support for Minecraft would take a lot of work but it's not impossible, "especially with the new launcher."

Check out the video above for a taste of Minecrift in action.

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