Microsoft Teases Minecraft AR Game at Build 2019, to Rival Pokemon Go

Microsoft Teases Minecraft AR Game at Build 2019, to Rival Pokemon Go

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Minecraft AR enables an AR experience on mobile devices

Highlights
  • Microsoft CEO gave a sneak peek at Minecraft AR on Monday
  • The game is set to be announced on May 17
  • Meanwhile, a video teaser showcases its experience

Microsoft at the end of its Build 2019 keynote on Monday teased a Minecraft AR game for mobile devices. The new game, which appears as a competitor to the highly popular Pokemon Go, is set to receive an official announcement on May 17. Nevertheless, the Redmond company has confirmed its existence by showcasing a nearly a minute-long teaser video just before signing off the jam-packed Build keynote. Minecraft in augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality experiences is already available for headsets such as the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. However, the newest development brings the sandbox game to the emerging mobile AR space.

In the video that was showcased at end of the Build 2019 keynote in Seattle on Monday, Minecraft Creative Director Saxs Persson leaves his phone outside the Washington State Convention Centre, where the Build conference is taking place this year. A woman then picks up Persson’s phone to give it to him but finds the Minecraft AR running on the screen.

Microsoft hasn’t revealed any details around the new AR development. However, CEO Satya Nadella while signing off his keynote presentation hints at its ongoing development by the Minecraft team.