High Fidelity Launches Sandbox Beta

An new open source VR software platform launches in beta.

Ever since the growth of virtual reality (VR) as a viable entertainment medium there’s been numerous critics denouncing it, saying the technology is isolating and unsocial. But there are companies disproving this idea showing that sharing and socialising in VR is no different to using Facebook or online gaming. One company doing just that is High Fidelity which has announced the beta launch today for its Sandbox platform.

Sandbox is all about shared VR. The free, open source software is available now for content and software developers to begin building virtual worlds that can be connected together.

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Sandbox offers developers a wide variety of features, including: JavaScript API, low-latency shared 3D audio, multiplayer physics, natural communication, support for a wide range of input devices, and an extensible open source and plugin API.

Co-founder and CEO Phillip Rosedale said: “Three years ago, we set out to build an open source VR platform. The release of Sandbox represents the first step in the evolution of the internet into an open virtual world.”

The platform will support head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, as well as desktop PC’s screens. High Fidelity has also ensured support for interface devices like Leap Motion, Perception Neuron and Razer Hydra.

Head to High Fidelity to download Sandbox for Windows or Mac, and VRFocus will bring you any new updates for the platform as announcements are made.

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