Epic Games has confirmed that it will be releasing it’s Unreal Engine 4 Couch Knight demo with launch of the second developer kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. Senior Designer Nick Donaldson confirmed as much speaking on an official Unreal Engine 4 livestream tonight. The demo is designed to highlight the extra features added to DK2, which was revealed at the Game Developers Conference 2014 (GDC).
Couch Knight was playable as part of Oculus VR’s GDC showcase. Players control 2 small characters that can run about a normal living room. The perspective is taken from the player’s avatar sitting on a couch. They can then lean backwards, forwards and move up, down, left and right to keep track of the characters as they dart about the environment, showcasing both the positional tracking and lower latency technology of the latest version of the Oculus Rift.
Epic Games confirmed that Couch Knight would ‘technically’ work with the DK1 set as well, but would lose much of its appeal without the positional tracking. The demo will be available to download when the headset starts to ship this July, though the team didn’t confirmed if it would be a free download. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR and bring them to you.