Epic Games has become a significant player within the virtual reality (VR) industry over the past few years, largely thanks to its popular development middleware, Unreal Engine 4. Along with supplying hundreds of studios with the tools to create videogames for the likes of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Gear VR and PlayStation VR head-mounted displays (HMDs), the company has created its own tech demos to showcase the power of this new medium. Today, the company is launching the first episode in a new series looking at VR, calling in help from the likes of Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey and more.
The first entry in this new ‘Sense of Presence’ YouTube series is labelled ‘What is Virtual Reality?’, and that’s exactly what it details. Aside from Luckey, the piece lets VR fans hear from a number of industry figureheads including Epic Games CTO Kim Libreri, 3D Live CEO Nathan Huber and Magnopus co-founder Alex Henning. There’s also appearances from filmmaker Sam Macaroni – who notes that he is now ‘obsessed’ with VR – and reactions from fans that have sampled VR at recent events.
Throughout the 5 minute video these creators and enthusiasts discuss the origins of VR and how it’s evolved from the science fiction stories it used to be confined to into a very tangible piece of technology. There are also clips of Unreal Engine 4-developed VR titles such as EVE: Valkyrie from CCP Games and Loading Human from Untold Games as well as quick glimpses of each of the aforementioned VR HMDs and Epic Games’ impressive Showdown demo. This month in particular marks the 1-year anniversary of that demo’s reveal, as it debuted at the 2014 Oculus Connect developer conference.
VRFocus will continue to follow Epic Games’ work in VR, reporting back with the latest updates from the company.