In 2014, Mark Zuckerberg took the decision to acquire the Oculus VR, which made Minecraft’s creator Markus Persson to cancel the development of the Oculus Rift version of this game. But when Microsoft acquired Mojang, the Redmond company has decided to continue work on the virtual reality version of Minecraft. Facebook was represented at the MWC 2016 event, where Zuckerberg had a short appearance during Samsung’s press conference, helping the company to showcase its latest Gear VR. With this occasion, Zuckerberg has confirmed that the Mincraft game will arrive to the Oculus Rift platform.
During Samsung’s press conference, Zuckerberg has explained what the purpose of his appearance was. He said that “VR is the next platform, where anyone can create and experience anything they want. For right now, it’s mostly used for gaming. That’s quickly evolving. That’s why Facebook is investing so much in VR, so we can deliver these new social experiences. VR is going to be the next social platform. And that’s why we’re working with Samsung.” At this event, it was revealed that Facebook will team up with Samsung in order to make the Gear VR headset load virtual videos faster using dynamic streaming, a feature which allow the user to view the area of a video at the highest resolution, even if the video will be loaded with multiple resolutions.
As for Minecraft, the game is currently supported by devices running on Microsoft Windows OS, X Linux, Raspberry Pi, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and it can be played as well on consoles such as Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, 4 and Vita, and Wii U.
This game is about building constructions using textured cubes in a 3D world, exploring maps, gathering resources, crafting and combating. There are multiple gameplay modes and in the survival mode, the player will build a world and protect it, while in the creative mode, the players are able to fly and they have unlimited resources to build whatever he wants.