When it comes to virtual reality (VR) the biggest problem is simulation sickness. Survios have tackled this head on with Sprint Vector a VR racing videogame that uses locomotion VR and demands players to swing their arms and pushing triggers to run and leap instead of the traditional analogue motions used in gaming.
This is certainly entertaining to watch as a spectator, Sprint Vector was a huge attention grabber at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017, with long queues of people wanting to play the game. You will feel like a virtual gorilla as you climb and swing up walls or an extremely accomplished virtual cheetah as you sprint, leap and jump hurdles. Of course when you first start playing you look like a newborn calf struggling to stand up on its wobbly legs. VRFocus has covered Sprint Vector and Pete can tell you what it’s like first-hand as well as discussed the new features coming to Sprint Vector. however watching a video interview might just be the quickest way to get up to date with what Survios has been doing behind the scenes for Sprint Vector.
Mike McTyre, the design director of Survios tells VRFocus that they’ve developed something called the fluid locomotion system, where a player can travel up to 60-70mph with no symptoms of nausea. He explains that Sprint Vector is a merging of the virtual with the physical with competition. He believes that this game has a huge potential for what virtual reality is for the industry an has unlocked the potential for future experiences to be made. Since the Game Developers Conference (GDC), they’ve added nitro boost and mines, so you can now boost ahead of competitors as well as plant little mines to trip them up during the race. The game has not be released yet, however you can sign up to a closed beta. Sprint Vector will be released on the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, so far Survios has only showcased races for up to two players but during the release you will be able to race up to eight players. If you don’t have friends who have a VR kit, or you want to practice before showing off your skills online, you can still play with up to eight players with other AI players.
To find out more watch the video below.