Earlier this week it was revealed that Rock Band and Dance Central developer Harmonix was working with Samsung’s newly-announced smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR. At the time it wasn’t clear just exactly what the studio was working on for the kit. The project has now been revealed to be Harmonix Music VR, a unique new experience that integrate’s the user’s own music tracks.
Harmonix Music VR is described as a ‘full immersive, music-driven dreamscape’ that uses the company’s proprietary Music Analysis Engine to generate an ‘event sequence’ based around your own music. Users are able to sit back and simply enjoy a unique visualisation of their chosen music as it is played. In concept, it sounds similar to the visualiser option found on certain music playing software, although you can expect Harmonix to have created something unique.
“Harmonix has always been interested in creating fundamentally new ways for people to interact with music,” said studio CEO Steve Janiak. “There’s an incredible amount of potential for this with virtual reality, and ‘Harmonix Music VR’ with Gear VR is just one way we can deliver on these types of innovative experiences. We can’t wait to hear what people think about this new way to experience the music they love.”
Crucially, the software will be available at the launch of Gear VR, which is thought to be taking place in mid-October 2014. VRFocus will continue to follow the developer’s progress with Harmonix Music VR going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the title’s development.