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Unreal Engine 4 Now Going Free for Students Through GitHub

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 has been undoubtedly one of the most popular engines for virtual reality (VR) videogame development in 2014. Thanks to relatively simple integration, developers are able to use the toolset to bring support for the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD) to their PC videogames and Project Morpheus support to their PlayStation 4 titles. This week Epic Games has announced new plans to help more students getting into Unreal Engine 4 development for free.

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The developer has announced a collaboration with web-hosting service GitHub to offer Unreal Engine 4 to students for free. Those interested need only sign up directly on GitHub with student information and the engine will be free to use for academic purposes. It’s a move that will surely help cement Unreal Engine 4 in the long-term as students familarise themselves with the tools long before they start creating their own videogames.

Rival engines are currently attempting to hit back at Unreal Engine 4 with VR support of their own. At the Oculus Connect event last month Unity announced a partnership with Oculus VR bringing Oculus Rift support to both free and pro developers. Crytek has even started to push for VR support in its own engine, CryEngine 3. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR related news, reporting back with the latest.