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On Virtual Reality, Gaming, and Minecraft
On Virtual Reality,
Virtual reality is a fully immersive computer simulated environment that is presented to our senses in such a way that we experience it as if we were really there. It gives the user the feeling of being in the simulated environment instead of the one they're actually in. As the technology is becoming more affordable and mainstreamed, we can expect to see many more innovative uses for this technology in the future. Kite and Lightning, a company heavily involved in the technology of virtual reality, has given us VR experience deep in the oceans, it has partnered with film-makers to provide the technology to moviegoers, and the company is now looking to provide virtual dressing rooms for clothing consumers. All of these things, says August Cenname, COO of Kite and Lightning, will move VR into the norm of everyday experiences. Right now, however, he says, “Gamers are the one demographic at this point with an installed base of computers powerful enough for full VR…So gaming is where the action will be in 2017 on the high-end platforms.”
You might be surprised, but Virtual Reality in gaming has been around longer than you may realize. Back in In 1995, Nintendo released the Virtual Boy, a monochromatic headset that promised to offer true 3D graphics in gaming for the first time. It was a clunky, desk-mounted device that gave users splitting headaches and quickly got set aside by the gaming world. Finally, in 2016, we saw the release of the first serious consumer VR headsets in 20 years with major Virtual Reality platforms like HTC’s Vive, Facebook’s Oculus Rift, and Samsung’s Gear VR. Virtual reality headsets were one of the most popular Christmas gift items in 2016, and it is estimated that, by 2020, this market will reach $30 billion. We are all looking for the next great technology experience and it looks like VR is going to be it.
Minecraft has always been on the forefront of technology. It is an innovation platform that goes everywhere and does anything Therefore, it was inevitable that Minecraft would make the leap to Virtual Reality. The game, which has sold 23 million copies of the PC and Mac versions alone, is available on a variety of devices, from smartphones to video game consoles. If there is a platform that can run modern games, Minecraft will be there. VR in Minecraft allows the player to get right inside the world of Minecraft; Build, explore and battle mobs - do all the things you know and love, but from a fresh perspective. Get ready to experience Minecraft larger than life and even more addictive than ever before. For those obsessed with Minecraft's addictive building process, VR is a big step up from watching it on a normal screen.
Here at BetterinGame we have always strived to give our players the best gameplay experience possible. This is why we decided to adopt modifications that would allow for the use of VR hardware on all of our servers. We believe in staying on the forefront of technology and have always believed in supporting anything that will bring better definition to your Minecraft experience.
So, are you ready to start experiencing Minecraft in Virtual Reality?
If you have the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift, getting started is just a few steps away.
1. Have the Java version of Minecraft installed.
2. Go to www.Vivecraft.org. Download and install Vivecraft.
3. Launch Minecraft and select Vivecraft in the dropdown section at the bottom left corner of the window.
4. Launch the game and join the BetterInGame server.
~It's an exciting time for the world of VR – When will you join?
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