At last! You can build, dig, hide and explore the world of Minecraft on the Oculus Rift DK2.
We’ve been waiting a long time for this (well, it feels like a long time), but at last it’s possible to play Minecraft for the DK2. Ported by StellaArtois, preview version 3 of Minecrift was released today on the Meant to be Seen 3D forum, it’s worth noting that this is isn’t the final release, so it’s buggy and difficult to install (full instructions below). Nevertheless, once you’ve got it up and running you’re in for a treat, because Minecraft comes alive on the DK2 headset like never before.
First of all, it looks amazing. Colours pop, the image looks incredibly 3D and everything’s crisp and clear. You’ll never need to squint to see the inventory (as you did with the Oculus Rift DK1), and with positional tracking you can peer around caves corners or over crevices. If you run Minecrift full screen in Extended mode it flies at a buttery smooth 75FPS. Put on a pair of headphones to shut out the world completely and you’ll really feel as though you’re standing in the world of Minecraft. This is easily the best way to play the game, it’s simply magic when the sun rises over a landscape that stretches into the distance.
That’s enough hyperbole, however, because there are a few niggles; anything that’s pure black smears right now, which isn’t exactly pretty when you’re exploring a dark place; you’ll need to aim with your head, so to chop down a tree or build a tall structure you’ll have to look straight up, which soon becomes tiresome on your neck. Similarly, digging into the ground means you’ll need to look straight down with your head, so creating a vast cave system really tries your patience as you feel the weight of the Rift resting on your nose. It’s worth it though, just to live and breath in the world of Minecraft like never before.
Here’s the lengthy set of instructions to getting it to working on the DK2 (word of warning: it’s not for the impatient!)
Installation Instructions for Minecraft 1.7:
- Ensure you have run VANILLA Minecraft 1.7.10 at least once before:
- Load the Minecraft launcher via Minecraft.exe.
- In the bottom left select ‘Edit Profile’.
- Select Use version: release 1.7.10.
- Save profile, and hit play to run the game. Quit out.
- Download the Minecrift installer exe (Windows) from the link above.
- On Windows, run the installer. A smart screen filter may appear. Click ‘More Info’, then ‘Run Anyway’. Accept the UAC prompt.
- Do NOT select ‘Install with Forge’ currently.
- Click OK to install a new Minecrift profile.
- On Windows, you may get a dialog that implies Minecrift failed to install correctly. Select ‘The program installed correctly’.
- On Windows, IMPORTANT: You’ll need to download and install the MSVC++ 2010 redistributables if they aren’t already installed (vcredist_x64.exe or vcredist_x86.exe if you are using 64bit or 32bit Java for Minecraft, respectively. Download and install both if you are unsure as to which you need.).
- Run up the Minecraft launcher in Extended mode, with the Rift as the primary monitor.
- If you see Minecraft only running in a window, ensure the window is selected and hit F11 to fullscreen.