OSVR – Razer's bold new open-source VR platform has the hardware ready to go while Oculus courts big game publishers, film festivals and demos their prototype. What are we going to be watching, playing and experiencing with OSVR?
OSVR Hacker Kit Available to order in June for $199
There's lots of exciting stuff in the pipeline so here is what we can look forward to. In the coming months.
The first VR title from Finnish indie studio Mindfield Games we don't know too much about Pollen apart from the fact that it's a first person exploration game. Their web site call it "a trailblazing journey to the edge of understanding" and the great looking trailer shows some spaceship-like environments.
Pollen is being developed for the Oculus Rift as well as OSVR and it's due to be released in 2015. Looks awesome!
Virtual tourism is set to be a huge market segment. Mark Zuckerburg certainly agrees plunking down $2B for Oculus. 3rd Planet is currently working on a Wonders of the World project for OSVR to show off exotic locals in 360 degrees.
The company has been making virtual tours of places such as Mount Everest since 2011 and in January released a 3D tour of Bangkok's Grand Palace for smartphones and desktops. You can head over to their web site to check it out (works best in Chrome)
3rd Planet - Tour Bangkok Grand Palace
Skyworld from Vertigo Games brings back the basic, fun gameplay of beloved TBS classics with bite-sized matches, but in a groundbreaking room-space VR experience. Built and optimized for VR from the ground up. Skyworld plans to support Oculus Rift, OSVR and HTC VIve.
Game of Thrones fans there are dragons too...
World of Diving
The second VR project from Vertigo Games, World of Diving is a multiplayer diving simulation game originally developed for VR for the Oculus Rift but now with support for OSVR too. World of Diving enables you to freely explore the ocean and make progress through exciting challenges. You can interact with the sea life, compete against your fellow divers, discover the sunken remains of history and collect and salvage ancient treasure.
Early access game is currently available from Steam
Virtual Real Porn
OSVR knows that where there is VR there are naked people just waiting to jump in. The VirtualRealPorn platform is already available for Oculus, Gear VR and Google Cardboard and features 180 degrees stereoscopic adult film with binaural sound for extra immersion. Some of the videos are a little freaky allowing you experience being a girl or a guy whilst watching an "adult experience".
Check it out purely for educational purposes...
Ubisoft VR games
Ubisoft already make great games such as including Assassin's Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy's video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. Ubisoft have not yet confirmed any new OSVR games but are now a confirmed parther with OSVR.
I for one look forward to playing Assannins Creed in VR!
castAR provides a 3D, holographic experience to your table, wall or other objects. The device also allows users to move around naturally so they can work or play together while sharing a Mixed Reality experience that blends a virtual world into the real world.
castAR raised over $1m on Kickstarter back in 2013 and uses unique peripherals such as its Magic Wand to position and control virtual objects in space with one hand and its RFID Tracking Grid for augmented board games.
Seven Hills Games is another fully signed up member of OSVR. In October 2014, Aring developed Hellicott City for the Oculus Rift DK2 - it's a short rollercoaster/haunted hayride experience through a fictional town made for Halloween. I look forward to trying something similar on the OSVR platform.
You can try Hellicott city on the DK 2
Oculus and Samsung already have their movie libraries, Milk VR probably being the best so far. Little star is stepping in to do the same for the open source community. Littlstar is in beta right now but there's already 360 degree videos and photos to browse.
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