The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display’s (HMD) head-tracking technology is of course first and foremost used to replicate head movements. This allows players to feel like they have assumed the role of another character in any given experience. However some inventive developers are using the head-tracking as a means of input itself. Some titles can be operated entirely with just the HMD. Balancer Rift from indie developer Ranats is one such title.
Balancer Rift offers a spin on the classic balance board game in which players must try and steer a ball towards an exit, avoiding obstacles as they go. Here the Oculus Rift’s head-tracking is used to balance the board as players avoid beams that will return the ball to the start, collect keys to unlock the exit and find watches that will extend a countdown timer. Once the key has been collected, players can head for the goal.
Balancer Rift was created as a short experience for the developer’s school festival this year. It is now available to download for free over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta for free on PC, Mac and Linux, featuring support for the Oculus Rift’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2). VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of the Oculus Rift, reporting back with all of the latest updates on them.