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Minecraft studio tempted to support VR headset Oculus Rift

Markus 'Notch' Persson will back new device 'if it supports Java'

Stockholm indie studio Mojang is examining whether its existing and future games should be updated to support Oculus Rift, the new virtual reality headset that has sparked an investment craze on Kickstarter.


Markus 'Notch' Persson, the studio's founder, told his followers on Twitter that Mojang's next mystery project will support Oculus Rift providing that it supports the programming language Java.

Little is known of Mojang's third project, other than its project name is "0x10c". Mojang is still gradually updating its breakthrough project, Minecraft, while finishing up development on its latest game Scrolls.

Persson also suggested that he would discuss whether Minecraft could support the VR headset.

The creator of Oculus Rift claims that the 3D headset is "the first truly immersive virtual reality headset for video games". Its Kickstarter goal was reached in a single day.

Designer Palmer Luckey needed $250,000 to get the dev kits of the Oculus Rift off the ground and in the hands of game developers.

At the time of writing, Luckey has already surpassed $1.35 million in pledges.

Luckey has won support from high profile games developers, including Id Software's John Carmack (Doom 3 will be the first Oculus compatible game), Valve's Gabe Newell and Epic's Cliff Bleszinski, among others.

The Kickstarter page warns that "the consumer version of the Rift is still a ways down the road". It says that the sooner developers can start working with it, the sooner it will become a consumer product.