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Gear VR getting Xbox One controller support, available first in Minecraft

Gear VR getting Xbox One controller support, available first in Minecraft

With services like Xbox Play Anywhere, Microsoft already has its hand in a few gaming honey pots. We can add one more to that list, as the company announced today that its Xbox One controllers will soon be compatible with Samsung's Gear VR. That functionality will be available first in Minecraft: Gear VR Edition through an update that's currently scheduled to land in October.

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Minecraft: Education Edition launches November 1

Minecraft: Education Edition launches November 1

Minecraft: Education Edition will be available starting November 1, marking the full release after months of being available under a limited early access program. According to the company, more than 35,000 teachers and students have been taking part in the early access program, and their feedback has been used to help refine the final product. Those who want to try before they buy should be sure to grab the early version before November 1 rolls around.

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Minecraft Pocket, Windows 10 editions are getting “The Boss” update

Minecraft Pocket, Windows 10 editions are getting “The Boss” update

Minecraft is probably most known for all the creative and insane things players build in the blocky virtual world. But Minecraft also has a darker side to it: Survival Mode, where not everything is friendly and your equally blocky virtual existence is in danger every time the square sun goes down or when you venture into dark, ominous corners. Playing on that mode, Mojang, now part of Microsoft, is adding a few new features to Minecraft’s mobile and Windows 10 versions, including bosses and, of course, boss fights that make Minecraft more than just a crafting game.

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Minecraft for Oculus Rift download available now

Minecraft for Oculus Rift download available now

Minecraft has been released for the virtual universe - it's now out for play on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as "Minecraft for Rift" through the Oculus Store. For users that already have the Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta, the update and upgrade to Minecraft for Rift is free - otherwise the game will cost users a cool $10 USD. This game is now available to explore "simultaneously, cross platform" on a wide variety of platforms: Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android, and Windows 10.

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Minecraft for Oculus Rift launches next week

Minecraft for Oculus Rift launches next week

We heard in late July that Minecraft for Oculus Rift would be available soon, and now we have a more specific time frame: it will be available next week, leaving only a precious few days of waiting. The information comes from Mojang’s Tommaso Checchi who works on the Minecraft Pocket Edition. According to a tweet from Checchi published a couple days ago, the Oculus Rift version is finished and ready to go live.

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Minecraft on Windows 10 to get Oculus Rift support very soon

Minecraft on Windows 10 to get Oculus Rift support very soon

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Minecraft Windows 10 Edition beta, with it having first been released in late July 2015. Thousands of bugs have been squashed in the months since, among other things, and the future looks brighter than ever. As part of that future, and building upon what we heard last year, Microsoft has announced that Oculus Rift support will be added to the Windows 10 Edition of Minecraft in the next few weeks. The support will arrive as part of a free update.

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Microsoft opens up Minecraft AI research tool to the public

Microsoft opens up Minecraft AI research tool to the public

What started out as a rather simple, open-ended sandbox and survival game has turned into something more than what creater Markus "Notch" Persson probably imagined. Although Minecraft remains a virtual world where people can let their creativity run wild, it has also become a tool that can be used for the common good. In addition to using Minecraft for educational purposes, Microsoft has also turned it into a research tool. Project Malmo, formerly called Project AIX, uses Minecraft's open world for artificial intelligence research and is now available as open source for everyone to use.

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Piper Review : DIY computer in a box (with Minecraft)

Piper Review : DIY computer in a box (with Minecraft)

Over the past couple of weeks we've been having a go at Piper, a DIY computer project. This project uses open source plans, hardware, and software to make an awesome learning and playing experience for people of all ages. While much of this project is aimed at kids, the entire process can be 100% enjoyable and fruitful for creators of any age.

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Minecraft Pokemon FireRed is all sorts of awesome and insane

Minecraft Pokemon FireRed is all sorts of awesome and insane

We've seen all sorts of sometimes near-impossible feats of creativity produced inside the blocky world of Minecraft. The fact that the virtual world doesn't provide you with all the tools and sophisticated machinery to make those things only makes the feat even more impressive. We've seen replicas of low bit computers and even a working cellphone (with video chat even!). But none of those, perhaps, match the insanity of implementing the GameBoy Advance Pokemon Fire Red game inside Minecraft, like what Redditor Requag and company have accomplished. It's gameception, Minecraft style!

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Minecraft movie finally gets a premiere date

Minecraft movie finally gets a premiere date

Given Minecraft's influence in pop culture, particularly in gaming, it isn't really a surprise that it's getting a movie of its own. After all, almost every major video game franchise has a full-length film to its name, live action or otherwise. Some even have two, in case the first failed. So yes, the Minecraft movie is a real thing and now it even has a real date. Mojang reveals on its site that the film will be released on May 24, 2019, in regular, 3D, and IMAX theaters.

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Minecraft ‘Friendly Update’ brings cross-platform play to Pocket and Win 10

Minecraft ‘Friendly Update’ brings cross-platform play to Pocket and Win 10

Mojang has just announced the release of Minecraft update 0.15 for the Windows 10 and Pocket editions. Also known as 'The Friendly Update,' the arrival marks the start of cross-platform multiplayer support for Pocket and Windows 10, as well as Realms. With the new cross-platform play, gamers using either edition can play with their friends even if they’re not using the same version.

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Minecraft Education Edition enters beta for teachers

Minecraft Education Edition enters beta for teachers

Microsoft's attempt at turning Minecraft into an educational tool will finally debut this September in form of Minecraft: Education Edition. However, the beta has just been opened for teachers, giving them the chance to try out the game's new features (as well as the game itself, if they're not too familiar), and figure out how to incorporate it into their lesson plans.

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