Minecraft gets PlayStation VR support this month

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PlayStation VR will be officially supported in the PlayStation 4 version of Minecraft later this month.

Developer Mojang is enabling support for Sony’s virtual reality headset within its main Minecraft client – this isn’t a separate version of the game, or a slimmed down version.

Two different viewing modes will be offered – VR: Immersive and Living Room – which let you play the game fully immersed in its world, or alternatively on a virtual screen in front of you.

“PSVR support has actually been a planned PS4 feature since we got the thumbs-up from Sony to bring cross-platform play and the Bedrock version to PS4,” Xbox Game Studios producer Roger Carpenter wrote today on the PlayStation blog. “There was never any question of would we, just when.

“Despite the pandemic adjusting how we develop Minecraft, development on Minecraft for PSVR has been relatively drama-free. Dare I say it, normal, even. The Minecraft x PSVR experience itself is based on the Minecraft VR tech that we developed for other VR platforms a few years back. SkyBox Labs took that and have been working their magic to convert and optimise the existing tech for PSVR. And, of course, our friends at Sony have been there all along the way to guide us because they know their system better than anyone.”

Is this the first Microsoft-published game with PlayStation VR support?