Earlier in the month developer PsyTech LLC launched a tech demo for its virtual reality (VR) compatible anxiety management platform, PHOBOS. At the time the demo was only compatible with the Oculus Rift’s first development kit (DK1), meaning it missed out on the advantages of positional tracking that were introduced in the second kit (DK2). This week the developer has released a new version of the tech demo that now includes support for DK2.
PsyTech LLC has released both versions of the demo on its official site. There are some variations in content that make it necessary to release two demos instead of simply updating the original. The main menu, for example, has been removed in the DK2 version to help it run in DirectToRift mode. The DK1 version also allows those that don’t own an Oculus Rift to test the experience using a standard monitor. The developer warns that certain environments found within the demo can be processor-intensive and that further optimisation is still needed.
PHOBOS aims to use to VR to help people tackle their fears through exposure to them in a virtual environment. Players are free to tour an open urban environment, discovering a range of tasks that will see them confront certain fears. This includes the likes of vertigo, in which players will find themselves facing heights in order to try and get to grips with them.
The title is currently trying to raise funds via an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign. PsyTech LLC hopes to raise $25,000 USD by 7th December 2014 in order to bring the product to market. Those interested can pledge $55 to participate in the title’s closed Alpha. The full version is also available for $150, with 23 slots remaining before this price rises. VRFocus will continue to follow PHOBOS, reporting back with any further updates on the title.