Digital Nationz to Host Public Oculus Rift Demos

The forthcoming Digital Nationz event will play host to virtual reality (VR) in the form of the second iteration of the Oculus Rift development kit, aka DK2, as has been revealed on the official website for the event. Taking place 27th – 28th September 2014, New Zealand, Digital Nationz will offer 20 units of the popular head-mounted display (HMD), a number which greatly outweighs the Oculus Rift’s presence at other international events this summer including Gamescom and PAX Prime.

Digital Nationz is a public event featuring speaker sessions from across the wide spectrum of technology industries and not strictly limited to videogames. However, videogames will play a key part of the show floor presentations as is evident in the headline announcement of VR’s presence at the event.

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“Delivering BIG news today, as 20 Oculus Rift SDK2 headsets are confirmed to feature at this year’s show, thanks to Media Design School and Bigpipe Broadband who partnered up to make this the largest virtual reality exhibit in New Zealand [sic],” reads the official statement on the Digital Nationz website. “Media Design School and Bigpipe Broadband are bringing a virtual reality area that will hold the never before seen CastAR Augmented Reality prototype, along with the 20 Oculus Rift SDK2 headsets showcasing the talented work of the Media Design School students and tutors thanks to Bigpipe Broadband. [sic]”

Furthermore, it has been revealed that the software playable on the Oculus Rift DK2 HMDs will not be limited to that which has previously been made available to the public. The team bringing VR to Digital Nationz, Media Design School and Bigpipe Broadband, have developed their own VR software which will be showcased at the event. Few details are currently known about this software but the following has been offered thus far:

“Among the possible demonstrations is an interactive space trucker simulation, putting users in the driver’s seat of a transport ship inside a hostile environment. Visitors will have to drive between the various stations delivering and picking up cargo while avoiding catastrophe. This demo will be built by Media Design School using the Unreal 4 Engine and the simulator will allow people to interact using a controller and the Oculus Rift.”

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Digital Nationz takes place in New Zealand, 27th – 28th September 2014. Tickets are available to purchase now at http://www.digitalnationz.com/ and VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on the VR aspect of the event.

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