Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 has quickly proven itself to be one of the more popular videogame development engines for virtual reality (VR) support. The software includes support for both the Oculus Rift PC head-mounted display (HMD) and the Project Morpheus HMD on PlayStation 4. If recent rumours are to be believed, the company could well be about to commit to the future of VR development in a big way.
A Reddit user recently started a new topic, claiming to have spotted on advert on the official Unreal Engine website that stated: “Unreal Engine 4 is now free for Oculus Development Kit Owners!” Any such advert has since been removed, although Segment Next has a screencap of the link, lending some weight to the rumour. If true, this could well be an imminent announcement that both Epic Games and Oculus VR will make in the near future.
At first glance it might appear puzzling as to why Epic Games would give Unreal Engine 4 away, although recent events do help make some sense of the situation. Before Unreal engine 4 was released the Unity Engine was undoubtedly the most popular tool for VR development. In mid-September 2014 Unity made an aggressive move to retake some of the share of developers that Epic Games had claimed, announcing that both free and pro Unity developers could now integrate Oculus Rift support. Should this rumour prove true, then it will be an even more aggressive response from Epic Games.
The developer also has a history with Oculus VR itself, creating some of the best tech demos for the Oculus Rift’s various prototypes and development kits so far. This includes the recently revealed Showdown, which accompanied the reveal of the Crescent Bay prototype that was announced at Oculus Connect last month. Neither company has commented on the rumour so far.
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