Minecraft Virtual Reality

How to Play Minecraft in VR

Virtual Reality, or VR, can take you directly into the universe of Minecraft. Minecraft is one of the most famous and most played games in the world, and it is presently accessible in VR. Almost 170 million copies of Minecraft are sold out. In this video game, you can construct and move around several worlds, explore, and fight with dangerous Mobs. Basically, you can do whatever you like in Minecraft. When you encounter the Mobs directly, the VR head-mounted device creates a pronounced feeling of fear. This scenario encompasses you completely in the virtual environment because of the realistic 3D visual and audio effects.

Minecraft is becoming more popular day by day because it is available in several editions for various platforms, including Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, PlayStation3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, mobile devices, and PC. The versions of Minecraft that you can play using your VR headset are shown below:

There are two versions of the game. One of the versions is Minecraft Starter Collection, worth $29.99 USD, and the other is Minecraft Master Collection, worth $49.99 USD. The game is available on mobile, as well.

Minecraft for Oculus Rift

There are two ways to download Minecraft for Oculus Rift. It can directly be downloaded from the Windows Store or the Oculus Store. The game can be downloaded using either of these methods. To download Minecraft from the Windows store, go to the Microsoft Windows Store and search for the Minecraft game. Download a copy of Minecraft, sign in to your Microsoft account, and install the application. You can also try the game free of cost before buying the full game.

The Demo version of Minecraft for Oculus Rift can be played for free. In this game, you can build anything you visualize and visit different worlds. You will have to survive while battling dangerous Mobs. The view in VR would be first-person instead of third-person. Both Rift and Rift S headsets support Minecraft.

In Minecraft VR, you can explore limitless worlds and construct anything you want, either simple homes or grand palaces. You can play in creative mode with infinite resources, or survival mode to mine deep into the world and create weapons and shields to fight off the hazardous crowd. You can play this game alone or with companions on your Xbox One and Windows 10.

Minecraft in Windows 10 is compatible with Oculus Rift headsets and Windows mixed reality, supporting all the features of Minecraft that you love to play.

Minecraft for Windows Mixed Reality

Minecraft can be played using Windows mixed reality headsets, through which players can explore Minecraft worlds in a fully 3D environment. Perhaps, before reading this article, you were only aware of the ability to play Minecraft on Oculus Rift. Presently, Windows Mixed Reality offers you many more alternatives, providing an impressive virtual environment. Simply connect the headset via USB, and you are all set.

Likewise, there are a ton of VR headsets that you can choose from. Many electronic manufacturers are making Windows mixed reality headsets. Samsung, Dell, Acer, and HP have made their own headsets for Windows Mixed Reality, so you can pick whichever device works best for you, at a reasonable cost to boot.

Minecraft for PlayStation VR

Minecraft now supports PlayStation VR headsets, as well. After the latest update, you can enjoy Minecraft in PlayStation VR. For this, you will need a PlayStation VR headset and PS4 controllers.

To begin playing, update Minecraft on your PlayStation 4 gaming device and prepare yourself to appear directly inside of Minecraft. After updating the game, two distinct modes will appear:

  • Living Room Mode
  • Immersive Mode

Living Room Mode, as its name suggests, allows you to experience the VR version of the game by sitting in a lounge. Meanwhile, Immersive Mode allows you to move freely inside the game, as you would in reality. You can play this game in virtual reality as you would play normally. All the features are almost the same in VR, but the 3D effects will immerse you in the world of Minecraft like never before.

Minecraft for Oculus Quest

If you own an Oculus Quest, you can also play Minecraft in VR with this device. Yes, Oculus Quest is a standalone headset and Minecraft is not available for that. If you search Minecraft on the Oculus Quest store you will not find it. However, you need not spend money on a new headset! Oculus Quest supports Oculus Link, which allows you to connect your headset with a PC – you just need to buy an Oculus Link cable. The Oculus Quest will behave like a traditional tethered headset, and you can play the PC version of Minecraft using this device.


Minecraft is an amazing game and is available for several different platforms. The number of players that are playing Minecraft is increasing day by day. The VR version of this game gives you an immersive experience to explore the world any way you want. It is a fun game, whether you play as a single-player or multiplayer. The VR experience of Minecraft has made it more popular because everyone desires to experience the game as close to reality as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you enable VR in Minecraft?

To enable VR in Minecraft, you will first need to have Minecraft VR downloaded onto your chosen device and have a compatible VR headset. As we touched on in the above article, there are plenty of choices for VR headsets. 

Ensure that the headset is turned on and load Minecraft VR on your device. For example, if you play Minecraft on your PS4, you will need to place your headset on and locate the main menu. 

Then press the triangle button to enter VR mode, this will turn VR mode on, and you will have two choices: immersive mode and living room mode. Use your D-pad toggles to choose between the two. For a truly immersive experience, select the immersive mode. 

For those using computers, phones, or other devices, you will need to turn your VR headset on, enabling VR mode on the game. You will need to purchase an Oculus Link cable to connect to your PC for those using an Oculus Quest. This does tether you to the PC but will allow you to enjoy the immersive game. 

If you run into any issues, be sure to consult your VR headset settings and your device to ensure they’re on and ready for VR mode. 

Is Minecraft VR free?

If you currently play Minecraft and what platform you use, you can get Minecraft VR for free! For those who currently own Minecraft on Windows 10 Edition Beta, you can upgrade to Minecraft VR for free, meaning you won’t need to pay again and can enjoy the game in fantastic VR quality.

It’s worth noting that you will need to own already or purchase a compatible VR headset to use and get the most out of Minecraft VR successfully! Don’t worry; we will tell you below which headset you need if you aren’t sure. 

For those that don’t currently have a version of Minecraft downloaded, you can download Minecraft for Rift on the Oculus store for free! You can download it onto Rift, Gear VR, iOS, Android, and Windows 10 devices. 

You can also upgrade to the full version too. Prices range depending on the store and platform you use, but it’s an affordable version to download! Once you have downloaded it, you can toggle on VR mode and enjoy an immersive gaming experience. 

What VR headset do you need to play Minecraft?

The VR headset that you need will depend on the device you are using to play Minecraft. Those using a PS4 will have to use PlayStation’s VR headset. You will be unlikely to find compatibility with other brands, and it’s best to stick to PlayStation’s headset. 

However, those using mobile devices, PCs, or other devices have more choice. For example, Oculus’s Quest VR headset is a popular choice with many Minecraft players and one that’s compatible with a range of devices. 

You can choose from a range of mixed reality compatible headsets; just ensure they are compatible with your device before purchasing. The wide selection of choices means that there is sure to be a VR headset that suits every budget!

About the author

Sam U

I am a professional graphics designer with over 6 years of experience. Currently doing research in virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality.
I hardly watch movies but love to read tech related books and articles.