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Minecraft 1.11 Exploration Update launches with loot and llamas

Minecraft 1.11 Exploration Update launches with loot and llamas

After being revealed at MineCon earlier in the year, Minecraft's version 1.11 update has entered into full release for the Java version of the game. More commonly known as the Exploration Update, version 1.11 looks to inject some more adventure into the game. It does this by introducing a new NPC villager called the cartographer, who offers maps that lead to hidden treasure.

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Minecraft for Windows 10 and Pocket will soon get ‘The Ender Dragon’

Minecraft for Windows 10 and Pocket will soon get ‘The Ender Dragon’

Minecraft Pocket Edition and Windows 10 edition will soon be updated to version 1.0, a big milestone for both versions and a notable update overall. Mojang says a bunch of features are coming to both versions of the game via this update — which it calls the “The Ender Update” — and the biggest one among them is “The Ender Dragon.” The dragon, a “misunderstood beast,” according to Mojang, is the “tangible end-game” for those who play Survival.

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Minecraft: Education Edition has fully landed in classrooms

Minecraft: Education Edition has fully landed in classrooms

When Markus “Notch” Persson made Minecraft, he probably never envisioned it to be anything other than a sandbox video game. When Microsoft acquired developers Mojang, people feared that, in typical Microsoft fashion, the company would integrate and then kill Minecraft. Both, however, were proven wrong. Surprisingly, Minecraft branched out into more, unexpected places under Microsoft’s stewardship, and it is now officially and formally an educational tool. But unless you’re a school or educational institution or a student, you really won’t be able to get your hands on Minecraft: Eduction Edition.

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Minecraft for Apple TV releases this year

Minecraft for Apple TV releases this year

We're live at Apple's MacBook event in Cupertino, and Apple CEO Tim Cook opened the presentation by spending a little time on Apple TV. The Apple chief discussed gaming on Apple TV first, announcing that Mojang's immensely popular open-world game Minecraft will be arriving on the platform before the end of the year.

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More Minecraft goodies: llamas in September, dragons in October

More Minecraft goodies: llamas in September, dragons in October

The Minecraft “Boss Update” may be coming to the Pocket, Windows 10, and Gear VR editions of the game on October 18th, but even before that happens, there will be a double blow update to be unleashed. One of them even starts on the 28th! This time, however, it will be the PC (and Mac) players as well as console gamers who will experience the new features first, introducing maps and fluffy, spitting llamas for one and colossal dragons for the other.

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Minecraft Boss Update & Add-Ons to debut in October

Minecraft Boss Update & Add-Ons to debut in October

At MineCon this weekend (that's Minecraft Convention), Microsoft-owned develop Mojang announced that the much-anticipated Boss Update will finally be released on October 18th for Minecraft: Pocket Edition on both iOS and Android, Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, and the new Minecraft: Gear VR Edition. First revealed at this year's E3, the Boss Update brings the game's boss battles to players on these versions for the first time.

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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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