While Microsoft has used Minecraft as an education tool in the classroom, the company is leveraging the game to support research and testing of artificial intelligence in simulated environments.
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Over 100 million copies of Minecraft have been sold across multiple platforms - and now Microsoft is bringing the game to the silver screen too, with a movie release, including 3D and IMAX, in 2019.
Ahead of the Xbox FanFest event, which will begin before Microsoft's E3 briefing, Xbox executive Larry Hryb has shown off some freebies they'll be giving away, including a backpack, T-shirts and toys.
Mojang announced today that it has sold a whopping 100 million copies of its popular game. The firm states that if the people that bought the game were a nation, it would be the 12th largest.
Mojang is making some changes to the Commercial Usage Guidelines for Minecraft today, stating that companies will no longer be able to promote their brands or products in the game, but fans still can.
As part of its Ready, Set, Summer celebration, Microsoft is offering massive discounts of various apps, games, music and movies. The deals include Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and more.
Microsoft subsidiary Mojang has announced a partnership that will see Minecraft Pocket Edition and the PC version launch in China. Details were thin on the ground, with no launch date announced.
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Researchers at Microsoft are experimenting with ways of making virtual reality a bit less virtual and a bit more real, by allowing users to feel the digital objects they're interacting with.
Oculus announced today that Minecraft is now available for the Gear VR. Minecraft: Gear VR will have all of the features that the Pocket Edition has, including skins, multiplayer, and more.
Mojang has announced that it plans to launch Realms, a service to play Minecraft online with friends in a more interactive way, on Android, iOS, Windows 10 and Windows Phone devices soon.
Minecraft is being used to create worlds and develop challenges for artificial intelligence tests. A new platform from Microsoft called AIX allows developers to pit their AIs against the blocky world.
I go hands-on with a future version of Minecraft featuring support for the Oculus Rift VR headset. Watch me battle monsters and explore the blocky terrain through a new perspective.
Microsoft is nearly ready to release the 'Overworld Update' for its mobile and Windows 10 versions of Minecraft, which brings many new tools to build and customize your in-game worlds.
From the creators of the runaway hit game 'Minecraft' comes 'Cobalt' - a new scrolling action/adventure game that can be enjoyed by yourself or with a friend, and it's now available for download.
Microsoft has announced that it has purchased MinecraftEdu, and this summer it plans to launch a specialized version of Minecraft, the Education Edition, aimed at classrooms around the world.
Despite Microsoft explicitly denying the possibility of a sequel in the near future, Minecraft fans rallied behind a fake successor to the popular sandbox, propelling it to 4th place in the App Store.
While hacking group Phantom Squad says that it plans to knock Xbox Live and PSN offline over Christmas, rival group 'SkidNP' says it "will be attacking Steam and Minecraft servers".
To kick off the festive season, Mojang has cut the price of Realms, and is now also offering a free trial to all new customers who have not used Realms previously.
Microsoft employees are offering a range of workshops and tutorials over the coming weeks, to support Code.org's 'Hour of Code', which aims to deliver basic coding skills to younger people.
Since the company bought the popular sandbox construction game, Microsoft has been on a warpath, bringing its prize to as many platforms as it can - on December 17, that will include the Wii U.
It was only a matter of time, but someone built a working smartphone in Minecraft. Verizon took it upon themselves to build a smartphone that can MMS, browse the web and also perform video calls.
Following the game's release on PC (via Steam), Xbox (360 and One) and PlayStation (3 and 4) earlier this week, the first episode of 'Minecraft: Story Mode' is now available on iOS and Android too.
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Oculus has announced that it will add support for Minecraft Windows 10 Edition to its VR headset. The game's launch date on the Oculus Rift was not announced, but the headset is due sometime in 2016.
An unofficial Minecraft convention, held in Peterborough, UK, has angered attendees after there were reports of lack of food and extremely long queues during the event.
Minecraft Pocket and Windows 10 Editions have picked up big updates allowing cross-platform gameplay with up to five players over a local area network or on Xbox Live in addition to other features.
According to a statement from Mojang, fans of its popular world-building sandbox may have to wait for many more years before a sequel to the franchise is released.
After releasing an Xbox App and making Live services available to PC users, Microsoft is now slated to bring the same - and more - to HoloLens, its augmented reality headset.
Microsoft has confirmed that it is bringing Xbox achievements to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition - a new version of the popular game designed for the company's new OS, which launches next week.
Mojang and Telltale Games have just announced a new Minecraft game, named "Minecraft: Story Mode" which will make its way to consoles, PC and mobile platforms later this year.
In a surprise move, Mojang has announced a new version of Minecraft for PC, named "Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta" which will be available for download via Windows 10 Store on July 29.
Minecraft continues to be a cultural phenomenon, with children of all ages contributing to the game's wild success across various platforms, the game has now sold 20M copies on PC and MAC alone.
Microsoft is already using its Minecraft acquisition to the fullest with the HoloLens and now the company has introduced a new program to bring dynamic experiences in the field of education.
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Microsoft took to the stage at E3 to demo a new holographic version of Minecraft made just for HoloLens, where players will be able to navigate and interact via hand gestures and voice commands.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition for Windows Phone has picked up a massive update which adds skin packs, multiple language support, new mobs, spawn eggs, inventory items and more.
A ministry in Turkey has called for a nationwide ban of Minecraft after the results of their report depicted it as being "too violent". The ruling is under consideration from Turkish courts.
Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of "Minecraft" developer Mojang is already reaping dividends for the company, with its first-part games sales skyrocketing by 79 percent.
According to German media sites, more than 1800 user names and passwords of Minecraft players have been leaked online via Pastebin, most of them used by German players.
The Simpsons are coming to Minecraft as official downloadable content in February. The new characters will be available on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The pack will cost $1.99 USD.
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Mojang is about to do something with Minecraft nobody could have possibly imagined. A movie? A TV show? Nope. They are making a narrative-driven game with the games studio behind The Walking Dead.
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This week, Microsoft announced that they had purchased the studio behind Minecraft and today, Phil Spencer has said that they will bring the popular game to Windows Phone.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's former CEO, has offered his congratulations on the purchase of Minecraft, but his statement on the dividend seems to suggest that the company may have been considering more.