Virtual reality (VR) will undoubtedly have a big impact on the museum industry in the coming years. The tech is already being used to bring certain exhibits to life and is even capable of fully replicating real life facilities. But developers can also use VR to create fictional museums, putting whatever they see fit on display. Developer Farseers Technology has done just that with Le Musée Imaginaire, which translates from French to The Imaginary Museum. A new version of the title supporting Unity 5 is set to be released soon.
Farseers Technology has confirmed to VRFocus that an update is planned to be pushed to the Oculus VR Share platform, which hosts free samples and builds of experiences that are compatible with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The Imaginary Museum, which supports the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2), has been listed on the service since December 2014 but will see visual improvements with the release of this new update. As with the title, text and audio commentaries for the experience are currently listed in French.
The Imaginary Museum is a first-person experience in which players can visit four different scenes showcasing iconic works from different eras. Historic art such as the Mona Lisa hangs from the walls while there’s even a space for more modern 3D sculptures to be appreciated. Farseers Technology created the experience with the intention of making it a truly comfortable VR title, something that will no doubt only be improved with this Unity 5 support. A full tour of the exhibits should take around 15 to 20 minutes.
Players can navigate through The Imaginary Museum by looking at directional arrows and pressing Enter on their keyboard to move to that location.
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