In the current virtual reality (VR) market, the main VR head-mounted displays (HMD) are all cabled to PC’s, with the major companies saying that for the amount of information being sent wireless technology just isn’t suitable. Atomic VR on the other hand thinks differently and has released a teasing video of a ‘Lightsword Experience’ using an un-tethered HTC Vive HMD.
Atomic VR have created the ‘Lightsword Experience’, which resembles the Star Wars scene where Luke practices using a lightsaber against some drones, to showcase the developers VR technology. The team originally created this experience using an Oculus Rift HMD and two PlayStation Move controllers, but since receiving The HTC Vive development kit Atomic VR is now able to use the Lighthouse motion tracking system that comes with the kit. But with all HTC Vive demonstrations the HMD is cabled, while Atomic VR are possibly one of the first to make the HTC Vive by wearing a backpack and containing a combination of wireless components and portable battery. Atomic VR does note in the video description: “This is a recorded via a networked instance on a gaming PC. The mobile solution uses less lighting / shadows to hit frame-rate on the Vive (90hz) at native resolution.”
While the full video effect isn’t available for the mobile version, this still shows that VR is slowly moving towards that ideal of full immersive freedom.
VRFocus will continue to follow the latest announcements from Atomic VR and its future progress.