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Minecraft hits the streets in a new AR game called Minecraft Earth
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Minecraft hits the streets in a new AR game called Minecraft Earth

by Ctrl,Alt,Delete BotMay 17, 2019

Augmented reality on mobile devices may carry tremendous potential, but it’s easy enough to argue that the mainstream value proposition for AR hasn’t arrived yet. Pokémon Go is probably the most oft-cited “killer app” for AR, but it’s only barely a true AR app. And there are some neat shopping apps and educational tools (from Warby Parker and Ikea, for example) but none of them have made a big dent in the mainstream consciousness.

Microsoft may believe it has that killer app in its just-announced Minecraft Earth game, though. At first glance, it seems a bit like Pokémon Go, given that it seems to be location aware in some ways. But there’s a bit more to it than that.

Minecraft Earth

Players will be able to construct builds on their living room tables either alone or in collaboration with others, then go and place them full-size in the outside world when they’re ready. You can collect new mobs (both familiar and new) and resources around you to incorporate in your build, then fight them in the life-size version of the build. Fundamentally, it appears to be the basic Minecraft experience translated to augmented reality with geolocation features.

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