Microsoft has launched MOVE Studio, an application created exclusively for Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs) with the intention of becoming the inaugural experience for virtual reality (VR) newcomers. MOVE Studio grants users control of the appearance, sound and visual effects of the experience, entirely through hand and hand movement.
According to its creator Melissa Painter, Founder/Creative Director at MAP Design Lab, the dance and basketball-based VR experience was commissioned to draw in a greater audience of women, as well as users who may not be gaming aficionados. Pushing forward to create a future computing space that fosters creativity for its users, rather than a purely entertainment space, the experience broadens the inherent VR audience while redefining how users think about and use computers.
MOVE Studio boasts two modes: “Play” and “Create.” Within “Play,” everything from sound design to visual effects are transformed based on the user’s changing position. In “Create,” the user enters a full-scope creators’ sandbox for adults, where pairs of dancers or dribbling basketball players can be coloured and scaled, then dropped into environments each with their own gravitational and medium characteristics. Both modes allow the user to shape his or her environment with no restrictions, empowering them to freely explore their digital space.