Earlier today a group of virtual reality (VR) companies working in both hardware and software announced the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem which aims to make VR development more accessible. One of the handful of videogame developers confirmed to be supporting this unique concept is Untold Games, the studio behind anticipated upcoming VR adventure title Loading Human for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Now the developer has revealed a new demo that it will be showcasing at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week with OSVR.
The demo is a first-person shooter that utilises Untold Games’ UNICS VR System, Unreal Engine 4 and runs on the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit. Players aim a pistol using a motion controller, making this a fitting showcase for just how OSVR’s ecosystem allows developers to combine different engines, hardware and HMDs to easily create VR content. In this demo, players are placed in a virtual environment and tasked with shooting as many cubes as possible. It appears that the experience ends when players are overrun with enemies and knocked off of their perch.
It’s also appears as if the character model in this demo is that of Prometheus, the protagonist of Loading Human. Take note that the HMD in the video is merely a prototype of the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit. The OSVR ecosystem allows anyone to download the schematics to assemble this kit themselves should they have access to the materials. If not, then OSVR has confirmed that it will release the device for $199.99 USD in June 2015. Overall this demo could serve as perfect proof as to why OSVR is a big step forward for the VR industry.
Other developers listed among the groups supporting OSVR include Borderlands studio Gearbox Software. VRFocus will continue to follow the ecosystem and the companies working with it closely, reporting back with any further updates.