Virtual reality (VR) fans will have likely heard a lot about VRChat in the last few days. This social platform, which uses the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), recently took home the prize for Best Non-Game Application at the inaugural Virtual Reality Awards (VRAs), beating out the likes of Titans of Space and Riftmax Theater. The software has been available to download for much of 2014, though has recently landed on Oculus VR’s official software portal for Oculus Rift experiences, the Oculus VR Share Beta.
VRChat is an online platform that allows players to meet up and talk in environments they have created using the Unity3D engine. Developers can use the software to quickly add multiple people into any of their Unity-developed environments for videogames or other applications. The software uses a combination of head gaze direction, 3D positional audio and body gesture inputs to try and create a convincing, immersive social experience.
Those interested in creating for VRChat can sign up to download its software development kit (SDK) from its official website. The free download of the title itself can also be found here as well as on Oculus VR Share, where the title is listed for both PC and Mac with full support for the Oculus Rift’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2). VRFocus will continue to follow VRChat, reporting back with any further updates on the title.