Microsoft Launches Closed Beta of Augmented Reality Minecraft Earth

Now in closed beta through London and Seattle, and set to roll out further this summer, Microsoft’s AR update to Minecraft—dubbed Minecraft Earth—will hope to reach all 91 million of the classic game’s users around the globe in due time. The game enables users to build digital cities on top of the real world, either alone or in collaboration with other players. Fast Company had access to the beta version in Seattle and described the experience “like playing with a toy nobody else can see” and referred to the technology as “impressive—with the potential to reshape the way gaming happens in the future.” That said, the experience triggered many bigger questions about gaming, AR and community. Read more about this first look at Fast Company.