Back in early 2014 legendary videogame developer and creator of the popular Metal Gear Solid series, Hideo Kojima, posted a picture of himself using the first development kit (DK1) for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Since that time Kojima has been hard at work on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – which released earlier this month to critical acclaim – and hasn’t spoken any more about VR. That’s changed this week as the developer has posted images of both himself and Metal Gear Solid artist Yoji Shinkawa sampling both the PlayStation VR HMD and Oculus Touch.
Kojima again took to Twitter to post images of the pair trying out the new tech at this week’s Tokyo Game Show (TGS), which can be seen below. They were accompanied with the message “Wanted to try VR experience. Played SUMMER LESSON & Yoji did KITCHEN on PlayStation(R)VR & also visited OCULUS. FUN!” The first image indeed shows Kojima sampling Summer Lesson, a Bandai Namco project created by Tekken’s Katsuhiro Harada in which players interact with a girl at a beach house. The second image finds Shinkawa sampling Kitchen, Capcom’s horror demo for the device.
The third image is one that will be familiar to anyone that’s paid a visit to Oculus VR at recent events. It shows Kojima in the small padded room that the company has been using to demonstrate Oculus Touch, its new input solution for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift. Though unconfirmed, it’s more than likely that the developer is sampling Oculus VR’s Toybox demo, as this is the only software to be shown running with Oculus Touch thus far. The piece allows players to pick up objects such as blocks, laser pointers and pistols and interact with them in natural ways.
Kojima is expected to leave Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain publisher Konami in the near future. Could he wind up working on his own VR videogame in the future? VRFocus will continue to follow the creator’s work closely, reporting back with any further updates.