Google made some waves in virtual reality (VR) yesterday with the announcement of a new redesign for the Google Cardboard head-mounted display (HMD) as well as two new software initiatives. The second day of Google I/O, San Francisco, today has lead to further revelations, including two new playable VR demos.
The first new demo revealed offers a small village in which the player can freely explore the surroundings. Though the gameplay or interaction is limited, the freedom of camera movement is unlike any traditional videogame experience. The can scale in-and-out, move around the area and survey each faction’s bases.
The second demo is the multi-user experience. Stated as a ‘prototype’, this experience uses multiple Google Cardboard HMDs connected across a wi-fi network. This demo allows players to see one another and interact – albeit in a limited fashion – with multiple users sharing the same space.
These demos are available for all in Google I/O’s ‘Sandbox’ area. There’s no word on whether or not they’ll be made available via Google Play just yet, but of course VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest VR releases from Google.