Playing Minecraft on the Oculus Rift was a no brainer for me. I have a son who is 11 so for years now, Minecraft has been a big deal in our house. I actually do not think there is a version we have not played and in all honesty, I have noticed very little difference between any of the console versions. However, I was excited to see what bringing Minecraft to the Oculus Rift would do to the game!
Let me start by saying that if you have played Minecraft before then you will know exactly what Minecraft VR is all about. I actually think this is pretty much the same experience you would get if you were to play the version for Gear VR. For me, Minecraft is a game you either get or you do not and that is the same with this VR version of it.
I will start by talking about survival mode. This is where I noticed the biggest difference between playing Minecraft with my Oculus Rift and on the Xbox One. It really is a much more immersive experience when you are actually in the world. It is very cool and it is pretty surprising at how much larger the blocks and the worlds in general look. I am very, very impressed with how the game translates to VR and I feel that survival mode is really where Minecraft VR on the Oculus Rift shines.
There is just something more frantic about trying to barricade yourself inside a small room when you have wandered too far from home, dark is setting in and there are creatures that want you dead! It is the kind of thing that is actually very hard to explain, but being in VR does actually make you feel like you are in the game, which is the whole point of VR.
In creative mode… I will be honest and say that creative mode is not really something I am into. I get that people can build some crazy stuff here, but for me just building something for the sake of doing so is not my cup of tea. I can tell you though that my son loved this mode! He said you were able to see what you were building better and as a result, he felt that it made building more intricate structures a bit easier than just doing it with the controller and on the TV when playing the game on Xbox One.
As far as I am aware, you can use mods with Minecraft VR on the Oculus Rift. I think that is really cool and certainly something I am going to look more into. So far, my favorite Minecraft world is the Nintendo one on the Switch, so I would love to actually “be in” that Nintendo World thanks to the Oculus Rift so I will be sure looking into a mod that will allow me to do that.
Minecraft VR is a solid experience and one that I feel Minecraft fans will really have a lot of fun with. I found it a far more immersive experience than I thought and those Minecraft blocks seem way bigger when you are in VR! The asking price for this is around five bucks, but if you already have the Windows 10 version of Minecraft, you can just already use that.
Survival mode is far more immersive
It is easier (according to my son) to build stuff in creative
It is very affordable
You do not need a powerful rig to run it
It works very well in VR
It is still the same Minecraft
I am not 100 percent sure all mods will work well