One of the most technological advancements that have made the gaming community excited is the integration of virtual reality in games. Epic Games, game developer and tool creator, has used this technology to create a VR demo with its Unreal Engine and released it online for gaming studios. This free demo known as Showdown VR is free and is compatible with Sony’s Project Morpheus, the Oculus Rift and the Valve from HTC and Vive.
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Showdown- The VR Tech Demo
The virtual reality tech demo is a cinematic video experience which is interactive. The demo shows you a futuristic gunfight between a robotic walking tank and police officers. The same demo was displayed by Epic Games at different events like the Game Developer Conference.
Analysts have predicted that the virtual and augmented reality market has the potential to grow into a $150 billion business in next five years. Epic’s Unreal Engine could get a fragment of that huge business, by getting the gaming studios excited about its VR technology.
The Showdown project and all its assets can be downloaded from the Learn tab on the Epic Games launcher. The download is intended for the likes of developers and not for us, the gaming enthusiasts.
Targeted for Developers
The Showdown VR demonstration is available for two unreleased VR headsets and one development kit as it is targeted for developers. The Vive might release at the end of this year and the Morpheus will only be available in the first half of next year. So, this demonstration is meant specifically for game developers who have already got the development kits of Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and Valve.
The aim of Epic Games is to show VR developers the potential of Unreal Engine. This is a small step towards promoting Unreal Engine. The game developer wants to convince the game studios to opt for Unreal when they finally decide to develop their first commercial virtual reality releases. There are other engines like Unity which might prove to be a tough competition for Unreal. So, this promotional Showdown VR demo could help it in the long run and gain more takers.
What do you think?
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