The Minecraft x PSVR experience itself is based on the Minecraft VR tech that was developed for other VR platforms a few years back.
Minecraft’s PlayStation VR update is available now to download. Developer Mojang Studios announced the update earlier this month but hadn’t previously said when it would be playable. If you own Minecraft on PlayStation, then the update is completely free.
The update does exactly what it says on the tin, making the game playable on Sony’s PlayStation VR platform. It’s not the first time Minecraft has come to virtual reality, but it’s a welcome addition to the roster given the size of PlayStation VR’s install base. Of course, you will need a PlayStation VR headset and a console to play.
As Mojang said earlier this month, there are no changes to the game for virtual reality beyond some basic interface tweaks. Everything else remains exactly the same, with players using the PS4 controller to move about the virtual world.
A quick video of the game in action was shared on social media by Sony’s PlayStation team, and it does look quite magical. Minecraft has always been a fantastic title to just lose yourself in, and the immersion of virtual reality might even deepen the experience.
Minecraft PlayStation VR will not operate with the future PS5, according to Mojang. PlayStation Move Motion Controllers, PlayStation VR Aim Controller, and PlayStation Camera will all operate with “supported PS VR games” on the PS5. The DualShock 4 will be compatible with Minecraft for PlayStation VR.
According to Microsoft, which acquired Mojang in 2014 and subsequently made it a division of Xbox Game Studios, the game has sold over 200 million copies and has 126 million monthly active users since its inception in late 2011.