Recently there has been a lot of interest in virtual reality (VR) space-based titles. Such videogames can deliver an experience which very few will be able to encounter first hand. Now Opaque Multimedia has created a new experience named Earthlight. Players will be able to visit the International Space Station (ISS) within VR. The tech demo is to be available to try at the company’s booth at the Games Development Conference 2015 (GDC) next month.
Using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and Kinect 2 motion sensor players are able to step into the shoes of an astronaut on the ISS. This will give players the sensation of being 431 kilometres above the Earth being able to look down at it. As stated by the company, it intends on bringing the most realistic experience possible can by really pushing the boundaries of the technology used.
Norman Wang, the Earthlight project lead and art Director at Opaque Multimedia talked about the difficulties with designing the demo: “We have really pushed both the software and the hardware to their limit. We really did put the Kinect 2 through its paces. The Kinect is already pretty good normally, but when you’re in a VR setting where you’re staring at a pair of virtual arms that are centimetres from the camera, we had to eliminate even the slightest bit of jitter while keeping the simulation responsive.”
The tech demo is to get a full release following GDC 2015. VRFocus will keep you updated on the progress of the Earthlight project.