It’s a big week for Massachusetts-based studio Harmonix as the developer has made its long-awaited return to the iconic Rock Band franchise with Rock Band 4. But this is far from all the studio is working on; along with an unrevealed title for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) the team is also developing Harmonix Music VR for the PlayStation VR HMD on PlayStation 4. This is a unique music visualizer that, according to the developer, allows viewers to ‘climb inside’ their songs for the first time.
Creative Director Jon Carter said as much in a recent interview with PlayStation Lifestyle. “Harmonix Music VR exists because of Virtual Reality,” Carter said. “There are plenty of existing music visualizers for traditional, 2D screens, but none of those experiences can begin to play with your lizard brain’s sense of space in the way that VR can. You could say that old-school visualizers aim to let you “watch your song,” whereas our goal is closer to letting you “climb inside your song.”
It will certainly be interesting to see what Harmonix can do with the PlayStation VR kit once it launches. Harmonix Music VR had originally been developed for the Gear VR mobile HMD, but appears to now only be coming to the PlayStation 4 set. Recently the studio confirmed that VR would play a ‘big part’ of its future as it raised $15,000,000 USD in order to work on new projects. The team is also working on a crowd-funded revival of one of its original titles from before the Rock Band and Guitar Hero days, Amplitude.
VRFocus will continue to follow Harmonix’s work in VR, reporting back with the latest updates from the developer.