There is now a clear link between what we consider as classic gaming and now the most modern form, and that link has been created by Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari (and Chuck E. Cheese) who has now founded Model VR, which allows multiple users to go into VR without being connected to computers, and not needing to stay in one small space, bringing it all seamlessly into mixed reality (MR).
As you can see in the video below, Model VR has nearly no limitations when it comes to multiplayer VR usage in a large field (900k square ft to be exact), and it has been demonstrated with a videogame called Mythic Combat, which is something that could remind you of CCP Games’ Project Arena but on a way larger scale.
There are four elements that make this all possible. There is first the Modal VR Command Center which is the software that gets this all up and running on either a Mac or PC – think of it as something like Steam. The VR Fabricator is the core system which provides the infrastructure for Modal VR, and it can power up to ten users at a time when connected to a PC or Mac running the Modal VR Command Center. The Visor, or what we know as a head-mounted display (HMD), is a wireless headset with voice communications and 3D integrated audio. Finally, there is the Full-Body Tracking Suit, which of course lets the systems keep up with your every movement with positional tracking.
Now, it isn’t all thanks to Bushnell as he is listed as the Co-Founder, with Jason Crawford as the official CEO, Inventor, and Founder of Modal VR. Crawford has previously worked for the likes of Samsung, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, HatchLabs, Atari, and Walt Disney – only to name a few.
Modal VR is an industry-grade system, so this most probably won’t be anywhere near the same ballpark as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, but there will soon be a Beta program launching, and Modal VR Developer Editions will be shipping to partners and software developers soon.
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