They requested Stella Artois, Darktemp, Mabrowning, Jademalo, and others to shut down the site because of its “name” conflicting with theirs, and so the modders complied.
That is when other users had no choice but to support Vivecraft instead (It would be unfortunate if they get the shutdown notice if the Vive headset gets an official Minecraft support…).
But, why didn’t people just download the official version?
Minecraft VR vs. Vivecraft – Which one is better for Oculus Rift?
That’s the main question.
Despite the one having official backing, it doesn’t always translate to better VR experience.
Here are the pros and cons:
Better performance. Simply because it’s built solely for VR.
Slightly worse performance. It still uses Java engine, which causes performance spikes for VR users. However, Vivecraft comes with Optifine.
Minecraft VR servers only allow VR users.
Vivecraft can be played on any Minecraft server. That means non-VR friends see you as well. Be careful not to get kicked (since your head may hover and people think you are cheating).
Installation is very straightforward.
The steps to perfect setup is longer.
Modding capabilities are very limited.
Modding capabilities are enormous, since most mods work with Vivecraft.
All buttons are available.
One less button available since SteamVR steals your right menu button slot. Not a big deal.
Texture packs are behind paywall
3rd party shaders and textures are available. That means you can make Minecraft as pretty as you like.
Blocks and creatures are smaller.
Blocks and creatures are humongous (can be changed).
Only room-scale version is available.
Room-scale and seated VR experience can be used.
Updates are slightly delayed (if the bug appears) due to waiting for other parties.
Limited motion controls
Better motion controls
No in-app purchases
As you see, each version has their own pros and cons. It’s up to you to decide what version works best for you.
In summary, if you prefer stability and performance, go with the official Minecraft VR. If you want bigger customization and bigger player base, choose Vivecraft.
My opinion? I prefer Vivecraft. Despite less financial resources that modders have, it suits me better (If you want to support him, check the Patreon page).
I don’t really experience that big of an FPS dip, as some (maybe since I use the new RTX 3070 that will be obsolete in a few years). I like the fact that I can switch to seated mode, or that I can install SEUS shader (to enjoy the lag fest).
Not only that, I like that fact that I have to squat to get to some areas. I am part Russian, so I squat a lot.
As everything is much bigger, I get more immersed. For me, size matters.
But it’s all up to you, so choose.
Want to setup your Minecraft? Let’s start with the easy one:
Set up the official Minecraft VR version for Oculus Rift S
Before you start, know that the recent update has broken the launch. By the time you read this, it may have been fixed. Check recent reviews on Oculus page for that.
Then there are these games where mods volunteer their free time to give people a chance to have a virtual reality experience within their favorite games.
If you want to support the mod maker Jrbudda, consider helping him through Patreon.
Adventuring in different places in Minecraft gives you different kind of emotions.
VR doubles those feelings for me.
What I really like is looking around the corners. It does not matter what game it is, GTA 5, Alien: Isolation or Minecraft, hiding somewhere and using only your head to peak is something that literally gets me off.
Of course, Oculus Rift horror games will always have a slot in VR due to the level of scares it provides. But I never thought that Minecraft can be that scary.
Try it out for yourself!
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