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Missed Opportunity - MINECRAFT Quest

Level 15

While there had been many rumors back before Carmack's move
to a "occasional consultancy role" about a version of  MINECRAFT on either Go or Quest, many
attempted to dismiss this - now we see there was actually a project:

Oculus’ John Carmack Got ‘Minecraft’ Working on Quest, But the Project Was Abandoned

The question must be, what reasons could have
blocked management from backing their leading CTO's amazing effort?

Speculation on what some possibilities could have been:

1. Continued Fallout of Microsoft Partnership

No matter the claims to the contrary, the close nature of MS and Oculus have
never really seemed the same since previous deals - some internal claims state
that while some peripheral software projects are still active, serious
partnerships have been nixed.

2. Ownership of Ecosystem

There does seem to be a propensity internally to only focus on properties and
games that are 100% owned by Facebook to receive special support - or the acquisition
of the offending game studio to ensure control.

3. Oculus Texas on the Naughty Step

Before Carmack’s departure there was a atmosphere from the Californian head
office that Oculus' Texas office was not really a key component of the
operation - having been closely aligned with Samsung GearVR work and also working
on side projects (working their ticket till the departure of their head).

Obviously these are speculations, and would be interested to hear other
opinions - though I must request we stay on topic, and avoid derailing OP. "The Out-of-Home Immersive Entertainment Frontier: Expanding Interactive Boundaries in Leisure Facilities"

Level 12
Meh.  It's Minecraft.  It may be a popular game but it's a STUPID popular game.

Leave it in history as it should be.

Level 15
Was thinking that we need another thread, like: "Missed Opportunity - Netflix Rift" 😉

Valve Index & Oculus Rift CV1, Asus Strix OC RTX™ 3090, i9-10900K (5.3Ghz), 32GB 3200MHz, 8TB
"Ask not what VR can do for you, but what you can do for VR"

Level 15
Luckily, Quest users can still play Minecraft in VR Today, since it's available in VR both on Oculus Home and SteamVR. Quest users will simply have to use either the Link or Virtual Desktop to do it, but the opportunity is alive and well.

Digikid1 said:

Meh.  It's Minecraft.  It may be a popular game but it's a STUPID popular game.