Minecraft steps into virtual reality as Samsung Gear VR Edition appears in Oculus Store

The $7 download includes all the features of Minecraft's Pocket Edition.

Minecraft—the popular world-building game—is now available in virtual reality.

Minecraft: Gear VR Edition went on sale Wednesday in the Oculus Store, selling at $7 to download. The game includes all the features of Pocket Edition, including a “creative” mode that lets you build out a world, “survival” mode for fighting, and a multiplayer option. (Check out this video of the game in action.)

While available in the Oculus store, the game is meant to be played on the $100 Samsung Gear VR headset, which in turn requires the use of a Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, or Galaxy S6 Edge.

“Experiencing (Minecraft) in virtual reality changes it from an abstract activity to a visceral one,” Oculus’s John Carmack said in a blog post announcing the game. “It goes from a sense of playing the game to one of being inside your world, and spinning around to find a creeper sneaking up on you leaves a powerful impression.”

Carmack's blog post also notes that a gamepad is needed to play this edition of Minecraft. He recommended the $60 SteelSeries Stratus XL Bluetooth controller, available from Amazon.

Why it matters: It’s difficult to say whether Minecraft needs virtual reality gamers, or virtual reality needs Minecraft—with its more than 100 million registered users—to help its continued growth as a gaming platform. Assuming the game plays as smoothly as its Pocket Edition counterpart, which already seemed pretty immersive to users, both sides of the relationship stand to gain.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Samsung Gear VRMinecraftOculusVR

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joel Mathis

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?