3 Ways To Play Minecraft on Oculus Quest / Quest 2

There are different ways you can enjoy playing Minecraft on your Oculus Quest or Quest 2 headset

Minecraft, the best-selling video game of all time, probably requires no introduction. Initially launched for PC, it was later ported to mobile devices (Android, iOS) and most of the popular gaming consoles.

With the rising popularity of virtual reality, Minecraft was also made available for Gear VR and Oculus Rift. Times have moved forward since and the GearVR platform is now essentially shut down and Oculus Rift rather outdated.

This often raises a question for modern day Minecraft and VR enthusiasts – can you play Minecraft on the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets? To answer the question briefly:

There is currently no official release of Minecraft VR for Oculus Quest and Quest 2 available in the Oculus Store. However, if you have a gaming PC, you can enjoy both Minecraft Java and Bedrock editions on your Quest / Quest 2. Alternatively, if you don’t have a gaming PC, you can sideload Minecraft GearVR edition on your headset.  

Let does look at each of the different options in a bit more detail.

1) Vivecraft – Minecraft Java Edition Mod for Quest / Quest 2

The first way to play Minecraft on Oculus Quest / Quest 2 is to use the Minecraft Java Edition that can be downloaded from minecraft.net. On top of the regular game, you will be installing Vivecraft, a mod that transforms Minecraft into a proper VR experience.

Keep in mind that for this method you will need a decent gaming computer where the actual game will be installed and run. You are then going to tether your Quest / Quest 2 to your PC using Oculus Link or alternatively stream the content wirelessly using Virtual Desktop / ALVR. 

Playing Minecraft Java Edition using Oculus Link

What you need:

For a tutorial on how to turn your Quest / Quest 2 into a PC VR headset and set up Oculus Link refer to the official Oculus manual. After that, install Minecraft Java Edition and Vivecraft software and you are pretty much good to go.

For a step-by-step guide on how to install and run Minecraft, follow the instruction in this Youtube video.

Playing Minecraft Wireless using Virtual Desktop

There is an alternative to being tethered to your PC via USB cable. With Virtual Desktop you can stream the content (Minecraft) from your PC to your Quest / Quest 2 headset wirelessly over your WiFi connection. 

For this method to work, you are going to have to install all the software that was also needed for the Oculus Link method. Additionally, you are going to need:

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to install Virtual Desktop and the required patch follow the Youtube video below:

After you have successfully installed Virtual Desktop and can see your PC desktop within your Quest / Quest 2 headset all you have to do is launch Minecraft and you should now be able to play Minecraft wirelessly.

2) Minecraft Bedrock VR Using Oculus Link

Minecraft Bedrock is a version of the game that you might be familiar with from playing on your phone, Xbox or Playstation. 

The Bedrock edition of Minecraft offers multiplayer cross-play with Xbox, Windows 10, PS, iOS, Android and other platforms, whereas with the Java edition you can only play against other Java edition players (albeit it has massive multiplayer servers).

The main downside of Minecraft Bedrock is that there are fewer mods available compared to the Java edition.

For playing Minecraft Bedrock, you are again going to need an Oculus Link compatible gaming PC. The game itself is more optimized and less resource-intensive, which makes it a good choice if you have a PC with below-average specs.

What you need:

Install Oculus Software, turn on your headset and connect it to your PC via the USB cable. Make sure your Quest / Quest 2 is correctly detected in the Oculus software.

Install the Minecraft Windows 10 edition and then additionally search and install Minecraft within Oculus app (which basically makes Minecraft VR compatible). Activate your Oculus Link connection and then all you have to do is launch Minecraft from the Oculus software.

For a step-by-step guide on this, follow the Youtube video below: 

Unfortunately, the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft does not work with Virtual Desktop so you can not play the game wirelessly and the only option is being tethered to your PC via USB cable.

3) Minecraft GearVR Edition Sideloaded To Your Quest (No Gaming PC needed)

The last method to play Minecraft on your Quest / Quest 2 is to sideload the GearVR edition of Minecraft to your headset. This means that you can play Minecraft on your Quest in standalone mode.

The GearVR edition of Minecraft is actually the Bedrock Edition. The difference here is that it will be installed and run on your Quest / Quest 2 headset, instead of your PC which was described in the previous method.

What you need:

  • Oculus Quest / Quest 2 headset
  • Any PC / Mac (for file transfer and SideQuest, no gaming PC needed)
  • Install and set up SideQuest 
  • NoxPlayer (to emulate GearVR environment)
    • Needed to buy the Minecraft GearVR edition and get the APK file that will be installed on your Quest headset
    • If you are feeling like a lucky pirate, then search the web or Reddit threads to find an APK.
  • Xbox One S Bluetooth Controller.

To set up sideloading via SideQuest follow the official manual. The complete step-by-step guide to install and run Minecraft GearVR on your Quest / Quest 2 headset can be found in this detailed Reddit thread.

The Youtube video below is also definitely worth watching and will help you in getting this method to work:

Note! Some older Minecraft GearVR versions seem to work with the Oculus Touch controllers (no XBox Controller needed).


4) Bonus: Voxel Works Quest (MineCraft Alternative)

If you like the general concept of Minecraft and are willing to try something new, Voxel Works Quest is definitely worth checking out.

In the standard mode, you can use controller buttons for locomotion and mining. There is also a Sportive mode that utilizes Oculus Quest`s hand tracking for mining and other activities and you need to imitate running to move around in the world. 

The game is still pretty much “work in progress”, but gets regular updates and new features added. Go ahead and test it out and show the developer some love and/or feedback on how to improve the game further down the line.

What you need:

The installation requires you to set up Sidequest for sideloading games. Refer to the official manual or use the guidelines provided earlier in this article.

And that’s it! Happy Minecrafting!

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Martin Rakver

I am a software engineer and tech enthusiast. During my free time, I like to immerse myself in the world of virtual and augmented reality, which I believe will be more and more prominent in the years to come.

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