Virtual reality (VR) has already demonstrated its ability to impact user’s everyday lives. That said, VR enthusiasts are yet to see the technology used to enhance cooking. Liverpool-based technology studio Starship is hoping to change that with Cybercook, a new cooking simulation experience coming exclusively to the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). The title aims to help users in creating new dishes and preparing ingredients. A demo for the experience launches today over on the Oculus VR Store.
Starship claims that Cybercook will allow users to practise every aspect of cookery from slicing and dicing ingredients to ensuring food is cooked just right. As a trailer below shows, the title features time-sensitive mechanics, making sure that players perfect a range of recipes. Crucially, the title will offer in-app purchases of real life cooking equipment and utensils so that players can cook meals for real once mastering them in the virtual realm.
“As well as offering an engrossing experience, Cybercook dispels the fear of experimenting in the kitchen,” Starship CEO Martin Kenwright said of the title’s announcement. “You’re involved with every stage of the cookery process. Why learn from a video when you can practice hands-on and without a single bit of waste? In a couple of years, we’ll reach new levels of realism. We’re proud to work with partners like Oculus and Samsung so early on in the VR lifecycle on a Gear VR exclusive.”
Cybercook‘s demo, titled, Cybercook Taster is available now from the Oculus VR Store. A cross-platform demo named Cybercook Slice is also on the way, though it’s not clear just which platforms this will be reaching. The full experience is yet to be dated, though it will be on display at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) next week. VRFocus will continue to follow Cybercook closely, reporting back with any further updates on the experience.