Last month saw Los Angeles-based cloud graphics studio OTOY announce a cinematic virtual reality (VR) production tool known as OctaneVR. The software was designed to help content creators overcome issues with the use of more traditional filmed and CGI media in VR. At the same time, OTOY revealed it would release its ORBX Media Player app onto the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) as a way of viewing content created with OctaneVR. This week sees the company launch that app onto the platform.
But that’s not all that OTOY is working on right now. The company has also revealed a ‘Render the Metaverse‘ competition with the help of Oculus VR’s Chief Technology Officer, John Carmack, and legendary artist Alex Ross. The pair, along with OTOY CEO and founder Jules Urbach, are tasking entrants with creating 360-degree scenes using Octane VR or OctaneRender software, which can then be viewed either through the ORBX Media Player App or with the Oculus 360 Photo App. The competition is offering a total of $35,000 USD in monthly and grand prizes.
Entrants can download a free three-month trial of OctaneVR or instead use the full OctaneRender software to developer their entry. Images will be judged on their overall originality, creativity, technical and visual detail, viewing experience and quality. The contest spans three 30-day periods, with the first running from today until 26th May and then 27th May to 26th June, with the final phase running from 27th June to 26th July. First-player winners will receive $10,000 in prize money with second and third-place winners getting $5,000 and $2,500 respectively.
Those following OTOY will know that the company is currently working on a new VR experience based on Batman: The Animated Series as well as sports broadcasting with the NHL. VRFocus will continue to follow the company’s work, reporting back with the latest updates on it.