Introduction: Virtual Reality Minecraft 1.8 With Google Cardboard

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Welcome to my first instructable. I have been a member of this site for a very long time now and have been wanting to start posting for a wile but never knew where i should start. After looking at my recurring email from here i saw the minecraft contests and thought what better way than to start here with the VR i have been planning to set up any way.

For the google cardboard set up read it all, for oculus rift skip to step 2.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Items needed Google Cardboard (Or Oculus Rift)

Computer and files (mentioned later)

Smart phone


Step 1: Step 1: the Easy Part Screen Sharing

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This can be done with your favorite smart phone to windows remote screen.

I chose to use splashtop, Its the best i have tried so far.

fist download it for windows/mac/linux (I did Windows so can not help for other OS).

the download for your phone can also be found here or in the app store. (I am using android in this instructable)

after downloaded create and account and test it.

Also this is a good time to put together your google cardboard. I had already put mine together so that is not part of this instructable.

Step 2: Step 2: Simple Minecraft Preparation (Oculus Rift Step)

Picture of Step 2: Simple Minecraft Preparation (Oculus Rift Step)

For this step you need to download mincrift found at the link below

straight to forum
straight to download

For those with Oculus I urge you to go to the forums and follow the more detail and oculus catered instructions.

The forum has a link for older versions of mincraft.

After downloading make sure that you have run minecraft 1.8.1 at least once before running the downloaded .exe

Run the .exe just downloaded (on Windows 8.1)

Press ok on the screen, shown in the picture with same settings shown.

After installing the .exe open up the minecraft launcher.

Make sure that what is circled in red in the second picture reads minecrift-1.8.1-xxxxxxx or is similar to the pic.

If not press edit profile and select release minecrift-1.8.1-xxxxxxx as shown in pic 3. (this is where you will change it back when you decide to play normal just select the version you would like to play.)

If all good press play.

Step 3: Step 3: Editing Setting to Work With Google Cardboard

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[Play Video]

The video shows how to set the settings and shows it working.

I suggest editing the setting with out your head set on.

Here are the steps using the pictures. You will most likely need to just try and follow were my cursor is and where the buttons in minecraft are highlighted because for the first few steps it will be impossible to read what the options say.

This is shown in game but can be done at title screen.

Pic 1 press exc on the keyboard and go to options.

Pic 2 press VR settings

Pic 3 go to HUD settings

Pic 4 slide the HUD size slider all the way up to 2.50 or to the position you prefer press done

At this point you should be able to make out what the options say.

Pic 5 go to move/aim control

Pic 6 turn on pitch control (this allows you to look up and down with the mouse)

Final step press done till your back in the game and than connect you phone to your pc using the remote connection app and program we installed in step 1

Step 4: Step 4: ENJOY

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Enjoy playing minecraft using your google card board.

If you liked this vote for me in the minecraft competition.


JavaProgrammer made it! (author)2014-12-24

I just did it it amazing! it didn't work all to well(low FPS) because my pc doesn't have a very powerful processor but it was still really cool.

you should use trinus vr it is a good streamer

redspl (author)JavaProgrammer2016-06-10

Not in the topic.. don't use lego mindstorms app, use appinventor and connect trough bluetooth instead - it's faster and much easier to understand and program :)

JavaProgrammer (author)redspl2016-06-10

Alright I'll try that thanks

glad you did it try a map like grinchmas with it that has a story thats the first map i tryed.

JpsManCave (author)2014-12-18

Edited step 2 to tell you how to put it back to normal.

AndrewG289 (author)2017-06-21

Unable to download to C:/Users\aguth\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\libraries\de/fruitfly/ovr/JRift/


joransom5 (author)2017-01-10

i could not find the link on page 2.if i could this seems like it would be fun.

AidanK15 (author)2017-01-03

I get the following in the launcher log when i start Minecraft

ZombieSheepman (author)2016-12-30

In order to use the .exe file I had to convert it to a .jar because I'm using a Mac. I changed all the settings as specified but when I pressed play, it would download everything but not open the game itself. Is this a problem with Mac or is it something wrong with the version of Minecrift.

RiccardoZ2 (author)2016-10-14

Link doesn't work

mikes12 (author)2016-10-01

to those who say trinus. dont its difficult to get going smoothly and its rather expensive. i've been using riftcat vr ridge. it's both compatable with steam vr and oculus games. just simply install on phone and computer. then plug your phone into the computer via usb and enjoy.

MakerMan234 (author)2016-09-18

you should use trinus vr

DomB (author)2016-08-27

Found the forum post. scroll down and choose 1.8.1

Beachbear1 (author)2016-08-02

Where is the link?

august1742 (author)2016-06-16

when he said: found at the link below, why isnt there a link?

Cl41daGamer (author)2016-06-06

I couldn't find the link for the installer package....and I have a HooToo headset and a generic controller. Will these work for what I want? Or do I have to get other equipment? Please help!!!!

Cl41daGamer (author)2016-06-06

I couldn't find the link for the installer package....and I have a HooToo headset and a generic controller. Will these work for what I want? Or do I have to get other equipment? Please help!!

DipperP (author)2016-05-21

when i try to open the profile/version, it opens a window, then shortly after crashes with this crash report.

---- Minecraft Crash Report ----

// Why did you do that?

Time: 5/22/16 1:11 PM

Description: Unexpected error

java.lang.NullPointerException: Unexpected error

at bao.setupRenderConfiguration(

at bao.ak(

at bao.f(

at net.minecraft.client.main.Main.main(SourceFile:148)

at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)

at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(

at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(

at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(

at net.minecraft.launchwrapper.Launch.launch(

at net.minecraft.launchwrapper.Launch.main(

A detailed walkthrough of the error, its code path and all known details is as follows:


-- System Details --


Minecraft Version: 1.7.10

Operating System: Mac OS X (x86_64) version 10.10.5

Java Version: 1.6.0_65, Apple Inc.

Java VM Version: Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (mixed mode), Apple Inc.

Memory: 132370944 bytes (126 MB) / 162529280 bytes (155 MB) up to 1060372480 bytes (1011 MB)

JVM Flags: 5 total; -Xmx1G -XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC -XX:+CMSIncrementalMode -XX:-UseAdaptiveSizePolicy -Xmn128M

AABB Pool Size: 0 (0 bytes; 0 MB) allocated, 0 (0 bytes; 0 MB) used

IntCache: cache: 0, tcache: 0, allocated: 0, tallocated: 0

Launched Version: minecrift-1.7.10-R1c-nohydra

LWJGL: 2.9.1

OpenGL: Intel HD Graphics 5000 OpenGL Engine GL version 2.1 INTEL-10.6.33, Intel Inc.

GL Caps: Using GL 1.3 multitexturing.

Using framebuffer objects because ARB_framebuffer_object is supported and separate blending is supported.

Anisotropic filtering is supported and maximum anisotropy is 16.

Shaders are available because OpenGL 2.1 is supported.

Is Modded: Very likely; Jar signature invalidated

Type: Client (map_client.txt)

Resource Packs: [faithful32pack, Faithful 1]

Current Language: Canadian English (Canada)

Profiler Position: N/A (disabled)

Vec3 Pool Size: 0 (0 bytes; 0 MB) allocated, 0 (0 bytes; 0 MB) used

Anisotropic Filtering: Off (1)

DipperP (author)DipperP2016-05-21

Nevermind, i got it working

ColinT20 (author)DipperP2016-05-27

I'm getting the same error, how did you fix yours?


ThomasStremmie (author)2016-05-12

Minerift does not work for Mac/Linux

DrewD30 (author)2016-05-10

Never played Minecraft but got it on vr..can anyone please tell me how to remove blocks so i can make space to build..thank you

alito_ghorbeone (author)2016-05-08

i can't see download link

Hl.C (author)2016-04-29

where are the links in page 2????

Durklanghout (author)2016-01-13

Hi my name is Durk and im a gamedeveloper and im currently working on a minecraft clone for android in virtual reality!
You will need an vr headset like cardboard and also a Bluetooth controller in order to jump, place blocks etc.
( I have a Freefly Vr headset with the Glide controller)

I'm nowhere near done with this but since I'm looking for testers to get some feedback I would like you guys to check it out!

if you are interested please send an email to: ( and I will sent you the .apk ASAP.

Also be sure to send me some feedback on how I can improve this game.

DurkL (author)Durklanghout2016-04-25

if you guys are looking for a virtual reality version of minecraft, please try out my game here:

will need an android device, a mobile VR headset and any bluetooth
controller. (ps3/ps4 controllers will work on sony smartphones or rooted
android devices)any feedback to improve the game is welcome!

Drumber42 (author)2016-04-01

I know Verizon locks bootloaders, but otherwise what the hell are you talking about? There are still PLENTY of phones that have bootloaders that are able to be unlocked. I have a Moto X Pure Edition 2015 and I unlocked my bootloader very easily.

Creeper3465 (author)Drumber422016-04-01

Oops, I was being small minded. Ive had a samsung phone for a while now but I forgot about the fact that there were other android devices than samsung's.

SanderJ2 (author)2016-01-09

Where is the download link?

Drumber42 (author)2015-02-22

There is a MUCH easier way to do this. Just download Minecraft Pocket Edition from the Play Store and TriDef 3D games. Then open TriDef, go to settings and change viewing method go Head Mounted Display, and start the game from the TriDef main menu!

hitansh (author)Drumber422015-03-02

Hi, I tried that app but I could not figure out how to move or even select anything......

OctavioL2 (author)hitansh2015-12-21

with a otg joystick maybe..

zaz969 (author)2015-03-04

Theres an easier way that gives you headtracking with your google cardboard. You need to download Trinus Gyre, and install it on your phone and computer. Run the serverside on your computer and do the following settings: Image quality very high, capture mode compatible, sensor output mouse, turn of rotation sensitivity, Force IP on, Fake3D on, Turn down predictive movement, and press the on button. Connect your phone, enable usb debugging, and tethering, start trinus gyre, hit the on button, and they should connect

All you need to do now is start MC in windowed mode. No mods needed. Hooray, you are done.

OctavioL2 (author)zaz9692015-12-21

yes, but you have fake 3D. We want to see it in 3D, with depth to feel the real experience.

kveillon (author)zaz9692015-03-21

Yea but theres a problem with trinus only on windows no linux or mac

OrangeFlame-Fox (author)2015-11-06

when ever I try to do it the thing wont track head movement. I need help.

fitrahmp (author)2015-08-31

Hello, I tried to run minecraft using your step above. But I cannot find minecraft VR installer with version 1.8. Where can I get it? I only have minecraft VR installer version 1.7.10 and it keeps giving me error when I tried to run the game.

Thanks for your answer

TheC5 (author)2015-07-08

TheC5 (author)2015-07-08

MatanKarpX2 (author)2015-05-08

what is your phone you using for play with VR and what is your VR you using Oculus rift or google cardboard?

JpsManCave (author)MatanKarpX22015-05-09

galaxy s5 and google card board

MatanKarpX2 (author)JpsManCave2015-05-10


MatanKarpX2 (author)2015-05-08

what is your phone you using for play with your VR and what is your VR, Oculus rift or google cardboard

hitansh (author)2015-02-16

It gives me this error! How can I solve this?

JpsManCave (author)hitansh2015-02-16

no reason to post the same thing 5 times... you have to run minecraft with out the mod before useing the mod. so try that.

hitansh (author)JpsManCave2015-02-16

Got it working thanks!!! I had to install Minecraft version 1.6.4. That's all!!!

hitansh (author)JpsManCave2015-02-16

I uninstalled it and again installed it but it still did not work. The normal minecraft works very well but it still gives me the error. I had posted it only once, the website must have had glitched and must have had posted 5 times

zander.minchin (author)2015-02-13

You can get head tracking by using an app called Trinus Gyre

Finest_Potato (author)2015-01-04


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