Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey made a surprise announcement during his interview with John Riccitiello, CEO, Unity Technologies at today’s Vision Summit 2016. The companies will be offering those who pre-order an Oculus Rift would get a free four month trial of Unity Pro. With Oculus VR promoting content creation on Unity, the head-mounted display (HMD) manufacturer has been adding updates to support the videogame engine.
Releasing Oculus OVRLipSync for Unity 5 beta, the plugin allows developers to sync avatar lip movements to sounds. The official release notes for the 1.0.0 beta read: “OVRLipSync is an add-on plugin and set of scripts used to sync avatar lip movements to speech sounds from a canned source or microphone input. OVRLipSync requires Unity 5.x Professional or Personal or later, targeting Android or Windows platforms, running on Windows 7, 8, or 10 or 8. OS X 10.9 and later are also currently supported.”
Pre-orders for the Oculus Rift are due to begin shipping on 28th, March 2016 for those that were lucky enough to get their orders in straight away. Oculus Ready PC bundles are due to go live next week.
The company’s software development kit (SDK) is due an update as well, with the current v0.8 SDK having been launched some months ago. As always VRFocus will keep you updated with any further announcements from Oculus VR.