The combination of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) and Microsoft’s Kinect motion sensor should make of a compelling VR experience. Sadly, few developers are captilalising on such a mix right now, although the ones that have often come up with with unique titles. Indie developer Picca Studio has recently done just that with the recent release of a new football VR experience, Penalty Rift.
Penalty Rift is a simple experience in which players stand in front of a goal on a traditional football pitch and try to kick a ball at several targets placed within the net. Kinect support allows players to actually kick the ball for themselves as well as move their arms. Targets come in a number of different sizes, with the title keeping score as you taken them down.
Currently Penalty Rift is only compatible with the first development kit (DK1) version of the Oculus Rift, although the developer has said that it plans to add support for the second development kit (DK2) in the future. The team also hopes to add better Kinect feedback, sound effects, a crowd for the stadium that players are based in and even a goalkeeper to compete against.
For now Penality Rift can be downloaded for free on PC over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates.