While one virtual reality (VR) developer has already brought Back to the Future‘s hoverboard to life with VR, there aren’t many skateboarding VR experiences currently available. An indie development team has changed that this week with the launch of a pre-release version of the Orange County Virtual Reality (OCVR) Hackathion #3.5 winner, RetroGrind. The experience can currently be downloaded for free over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta on both PC and Mac.
RetroGrind is fully compatible with the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2). However, instead of a simply conversion of skateboarding to a first-person experience, RetroGrind is a stylised experience in which players skate across an infinite city skyline. Players jump over obstacles and gaps between buildings, trying to cover as much distance as possible. Interestingly the title supports both first and third-person views.
The title is more of an endless running videogame than it is a skateboard simulation, then, but it does offer a glimpse of what might be possible with the genre in the future. And RetroGrind‘s stylish neon-drenched visuals are certainly worthy experiencing in VR. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates.