It’s no secret, I’m a huge fan of Virtual Reality. Even as a budding technology, there are amazing experiences out there to be had, and many more to come. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to test out the newest content available for the HTC vive, in my opinion the top VR platform out there right now, and have identified what I consider to be the top notch experiences right now.
Firstly, I’ll assume if you’re reading this you’re at least somewhat familiar with virtual reality. At it’s simplest explanation, you’re pretty much attaching a screen to your eyeballs that track your head movements in 3d space, and holding controllers that let you manipulate content in the make believe world. Let’s run through the top experiences I’ve found. If you’ve just recently secured an HTC vive or Oculus Rift, here are the first things you’ll want to check out.
There is a ton of content already available to be consumed on the steam service. While new experiences are released on Steam almost daily, some have already risen to the top as the best out there. Let’s check them out:
This is my favorite experience to be had in Virtual Reality right now. As a younger fella, I was brought up on the Nintendo Gamecube console playing Metroid Prime, Zelda, Mario Kart, ect. Dolphin VR allows you to play those games in full, immersive virtual reality. Obviously you need to own the actual games, but if you do, there is no substitute for playing these games on your Vive or Rift. Even though much has gone into creatively hacking these games to allow for VR, it feels like they were made specifically for it. Many lessons can be learned for VR developers in game design by playing through these triple A masterpieces.
There are a couple of experiences available outside of the steam service for your Vive/Oculus. My favorite so far is Constitution Class Experience. This experience puts you inside of a Star Trek shuttle craft in outer space with one goal: land in the enterprise docking bay. For any Trekkie out there this is an amazing experience. The spacecraft physics are top notch, and the controls allow you to feel like you’re in control without being overly complex. The experience is almost zen-like, as you pilot your craft in 3d space while listening to some of the more catchy Star Trek anthems. Should not be missed by any fan.
We’re already hard at work crafting Virtual Reality experiences for some of our South Sound clientele. We’re excited to embrace this new technology and eager to see how we can utilize it in this ever-evolving online marketing landscape. Stay tuned!