Way back in 2014, Leap motion held a Game Jam that ended up attracting over 100 entrants. One of the selected semi-finalists was Soundscape, a virtual reality (VR) music experience. While it ultimately didn’t win the Game Jam, its developer Sander Sneek chose to continue it development, resulting in it appearing on several VR platforms. Now the developers are adding in a new virtual world for users to explore.
The newly unveiled audio-reactive VR world has been titled ‘Crystalline Summit’. The developers say that it is far from just a new backdrop, but is instead a fully-fledged VR world full of secrets to be discovered.
Users are encouraged to turn on their favourite music, from any source or service on a PC. Then load Soundscape and travel to the VR world where a world is created and changed based on the music running. The shifting audio-visual experience doesn’t need crafted beatmaps like many other audio-visual titles, and instead reacts dynamically and automatically.
In addition to the new VR world, a number of ‘quality of life’ improvements have been added to the title. This includes tweaks to the player experience improvements in music reactivity, new controls and visual effects and several newly added psychedelic audio-reactive effects that users can use to transform the environments around them.
Soundscape is free, as the development team at Groove Science are keen to emphasise, saying as part of the update information: “Last but not least, this update is of course 100% FREE, made for music lovers by music lovers! We are proud to create the most mesmerizing and creative free VR experiences in the world, and hope you love our new work as much as everyone else has!”
Soundscape is available on Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Further information and updates can be found on the Steam store page. Future coverage of Soundscape and other VR projects will be here on VRFocus.