You can play 'Minecraft' in virtual reality right now

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Is the first true "killer app" for virtual reality finally here?

Minecraft is out for Gear VR starting April 27, meaning anyone that owns Samsung's headset and a supported smartphone can fully immerse themselves in a blocky world all their own.

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The VR release is technically Minecraft: Pocket Edition, but it's not the same as the one that's available in the Google Play store. To play the VR version, you'll have to fire up your Gear VR and buy it -- yes, it's a separate $6.99 purchase -- from the Oculus Store.

The Gear VR version of Minecraft supports cross-platform play with both the non-VR mobile game as well as the Windows 10 release.

Mojang notes that Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and Note 5 are all supported, and provide the optimal experience. Older devices -- specifically those that worked with the earlier "Innovator Edition" of Gear VR -- could work as well, though they "might not run the game as well in true stereo or with as high a draw distance."

An Oculus Rift version of Minecraft is also in development, but there's no release timing available yet. That said, we liked what we saw of Pocket Edition when we checked it out with a Gear VR at the 2016 Game Developer's Conference in March.

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