Developer Ghost Machine VR has released a paid alpha version of its upcoming virtual reality (VR) racing title, Motorsport VR. This early release version of the title is now available on PC, with a Mac version of the beta also planned for release in the near future. It is available via the title’s official website for $18 USD, which also gains players access to all future release, and comes with support for the Oculus Rift VR headset.
Motosport VR is a single-player racing simulation title based around the European sports car endurance race, Le Mans Series. It’s set to include at least 12 different tracks and 15 cars. The title’s graphics engine has been built specifically for the Oculus Rift, rendering surfaces such as metal, glass and leather and making them look, according to the team, ‘real enough to touch’. The developer cites the likes of Forza MotorSport as a main influence.
“If VR becomes widely accepted, then it will drastically change how games are made,” studio founder Neal Nellans said of the release. “VR is more like being in a theater where you can recreate any environment in a visibly realistic way – and it’s more direct than movies.”
The full version of Motorsport VR is due for release in Autmun 2014. The developer expects to change tracks and more in that time. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s progress and report back with any more updates.