Epic Games has today launched their widely respected virtual reality (VR) experience, Showdown, on the Oculus Home store for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift. A technical demonstration originally revealed back in 2014, Showdown has seen acclaim for its polished visuals and use of the Oculus Rift’s impressive head-tracking technology.
Built using Unreal Engine 4, Showdown takes the player on a journey through a downtown battle scene. A science-fiction setting sees futuristic military personal facing a large building-destroying enemy as they cruise down the street, taking losses while diving-and weaving to avoid incoming fire, eventually coming face-to-face with the mechanical beast itself.
Hosted in the ‘Concepts’ section of Oculus Home, Showdown is free to download for all Oculus Rift owners. The technical demonstration weighs in at 3.38GB and is playable with either of the Oculus Rift’s bundled controllers: the Xbox One control pad or the Oculus Remote.
Showdown became Epic Games third VR demo following the adaptation of the original Elemental Knight demonstration for the engine itself and the multiplayer Couch Knights for the second iteration of the Oculus Rift development kit (aka DK2). Since the reveal of Showdown Epic Games has shown another demonstration, the critically acclaimed Bullet Train, and their own VR Editor software for developers using Unreal Engine 4. The studio clearly has high hopes for VR as a medium, and VRFocus will of course keep you updated with all the latest releases from Epic Games.