Minecraft for Oculus Rift not happening, and you can thank Facebook

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The Oculus Rift is arguably one of the biggest advancements in virtual reality gaming in history. After being funded on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter in 2012, it's quickly changed the virtual reality industry by offering a cheap and well-made VR headset. Although the Oculus is currently only being sold to developers (it's not finished quite yet), there several video games that support the Oculus Rift including Doom 3 BFG Edition, Team Fortress 2, Project Cars, and more.

Minecraft was probably going to join those games until today, when Facebook announced they are purchasing Oculus (the company responsible for developing the Rift VR headset) for USD $2 billion. Notch tweeted shortly after the announcement, "We were in talks about maybe bringing a version of Minecraft to Oculus. I just cancelled that deal. Facebook creeps me out."

Despite no longer developing Minecraft, Markus Persson (aka Notch) continues to make executive decisions for both Mojang and specifically Minecraft. Minecraft is currently one of the top-selling PC games of all time, and Mojang deciding to never support the Rift may cause other game developers to do the same. Our favorite blocky game could just be the first of many games to stop support for the Rift.

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Samuel Hatton
March 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM delete

Woot woot! Go Notch!

One developer down, the rest to go!

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Samuel Hatton
March 25, 2014 at 12:12 PM delete

So, Corbin Davenport, you're fifteen, and you run this sight? That's pretty cool.
(I've seen your Google+ profile.)

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NintendoGuy64
March 25, 2014 at 1:34 PM delete

I am no longer using my facebook to post on this. Know me as Justin M Berry as before. Mkay.

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Ghgore
March 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM delete

I'm proud to say that I have never had a Facebook account :D

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Batman
March 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM delete

......I like facebook

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#1 Mcpe News Source!
March 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM delete

Hi again!

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Samuel Hatton
March 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM delete

That is neat! I imagine you do the Google plus thing too. Let me know if you need help on the community, I could always pitch in where I can. At least when I'm not a school.

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Caleb Hansen
March 25, 2014 at 4:11 PM delete

I have to say, I'm glad for notch, I think it is a good decision,but I wish Facebook wasn't buying out Oculus, they better have a good plan for this, otherwise it will turn out to be another "Virtualboy"

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BurningVShadow
March 25, 2014 at 4:32 PM delete

That's funny because on Martin Littlewood' s youtube channel not to long ago, I saw a video of him playing a minecraft hunger games with the Oculus Rift sand I thought it was pretty cool. Let's just say with the perks it gave him, he should of have the red carpet to being the winner all ready rolled out for him.

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Skylark56
March 26, 2014 at 7:20 AM delete

I'm waiting for John Carmack, the creator of Doom and former head of id Software, to leave Oculus, because you know, they're sellouts.

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MinecraftAddict
March 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM delete

They have a mod for it. Notch tweeted about it later.

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FruitcakeCat63
March 27, 2014 at 1:08 AM delete

I was saving up money D:


Gosh dangit, Facebook. Y U RUIN DIS

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Gus52
March 27, 2014 at 1:38 AM delete

I thought it was 4 billion.

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RavenM
March 27, 2014 at 2:13 AM delete

Well... We could, together, all of us save money and buy Oculus back and save gaming, but we would need over a couple million...

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TheGhastlyMist
March 27, 2014 at 4:14 AM delete

There goes the biggest acheivement in virtual reality...

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64kStudios
March 27, 2014 at 7:10 AM delete

I would develop for the Rift, but we gotta have more support. Facebook may creep Notch out, but I see no issue with Facebook.

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Batman
March 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM delete

when are temples coming to pe?
and will there be any surprise features like in pc?

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#1 Mcpe News Source!
March 27, 2014 at 12:42 PM delete

I think temples is still being decided to he added or not. Wolves was a surprise. I don't know if there was any others or if there will be anymore.

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Batman
March 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM delete

so your saying maybe 0.9.0?

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#1 Mcpe News Source!
March 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM delete

No, it's not coming in 0.9 because they're finished adding things. They're just polishing it up. Fixing bugs :) Maybe 0.9.X...

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March 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM delete

They aren't finished adding things.

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FruitcakeCat63
March 27, 2014 at 8:44 PM delete

I have 200 bucks, that's not going to get any of us far.

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RavenM
March 28, 2014 at 1:22 AM delete

"We need more MONEY!"

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March 28, 2014 at 4:00 AM delete

My $150 isn't gonna do much either...

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RavenM
March 28, 2014 at 9:55 AM delete

Maybe a kickstarter? If not, ASK THE WORLD for money to buy them back. Start a United Nations of Gamers, League?

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Rexo5
March 28, 2014 at 1:04 PM delete

Don't Even Mention that disgrase

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March 28, 2014 at 1:43 PM delete

Hey, the Virtual Boy was the best gaming platform ever....for getting headaches

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March 28, 2014 at 10:54 PM delete

Well, I guess it could all help! But I just doubt we're gonna get to 2 billion! But we could try. :)

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March 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM delete

True, but they already have added many new blocks, and they're kinda just brushing up on it. Tom_cc got the caves, but is just making them work better. Sorta like that with Otheer features too.

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SevoGT
March 29, 2014 at 6:20 AM delete

uh...my 600$ wont do any difference either wouldnt it?

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RavenM
March 30, 2014 at 4:18 AM delete

Lets do it! We can even ask Minecraft Forum community for support, because they are going to be pretty mad with Facebook, ruining minecraft gaming!

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Tesla lightfire
April 3, 2014 at 8:11 AM delete

WE.....NEED..... OVAH NINE THOU- (oops) MILLION

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RavenM
April 3, 2014 at 11:26 AM delete

lol, nice reference, but we need over nine billion!

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Lord Neospher
April 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM delete

I'm proud to say I had a face book account for less then a week then dealted it.

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FruitcakeCat63
April 16, 2014 at 4:10 AM delete

we'll never get that far lol

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GUY OF RANDOM
April 19, 2014 at 2:32 PM delete

GUYS!!! Dont worry! Theres already an Oculus Rift (did i spell that right?) mod for minecraft!!!

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January 21, 2015 at 2:14 PM delete

[…] relations with Oculus fell through after they were bought by Facebook, the future of Minecraft in virtual reality seemed left to mods. […]

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September 28, 2015 at 1:09 PM delete

[…] make virtual reality possible for the average gamer. You might remember the name Oculus, from when Markus Persson famously shut down all development of Minecraft VR after Oculus was bought by […]

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March 2, 2016 at 10:03 AM delete

[…] recall, over two years ago Mojang was in talks with Oculus to bring Minecraft to the headset, but Markus Persson (aka Notch) quit talks with the company after they were bought by Facebook. It's extremely ironic that just the next year, Markus would sell Mojang itself to Microsoft […]

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April 27, 2016 at 11:09 AM delete

[…] Minecraft on the Oculus Rift has had an interesting history. At first it was under development as early as 2014 while Markus Persson (aka Notch) still was at Mojang, presumably based on the Java edition of Minecraft. But it's days were numbered, and it was killed off by Notch after Facebook bought the Oculus company. […]

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