Epic Games’ highly praised virtual reality (VR) technical demonstration experience, Showdown, has today been made available for download. The software is compatible with the second iteration of the Oculus Rift development kit, aka DK2, as well as newer models, the PlayStation 4’s Project Morpheus and the Valve-backed HTC Vive.
Originally unveiled for the reveal of the Oculus Crescent Bay prototype at Oculus Connect 2014, Hollywood, last year, Showdown features a cinematic, bullet time-inspired action scene with guns blazing, loud explosions and a colossal mech enemy getting up close and personal. The demonstration piece was reportedly made using repurposed assets, but is no less impressive because of it.
Since it’s unveiling Showdown has become a centrepiece for Oculus VR’s Crescent Bay showcase, with outings at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA), SIGGRAPH and more. This new downloadable version is free to all and includes its entire Unreal Engine 4-based content library.
Epic Games has also offered two further VR demonstrations: a positional-tracking experience based on the original Unreal Engine 4 demo, Elemental, and the multiplayer demo, Couch Knights. The company continues to be involved in the VR scene with appearances at 4 future events also announced today: Immersed Europe, Murica, 3rd – 4th September 2015, Oculus Connect 2, Hollywood, 23rd – 25th September 2015, SEA-VR, Seattle, 28th October 2015 and VR Intelligence, San Francisco, 9th – 10th November 2015.
A walkthrough trailer of Showdown is available below for those who do not have access to the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus or HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs). Those already involved in VR can download the demo through the Epic Games launcher, and VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest VR investment from Epic Games.
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