This Software Will Let Anyone Create Virtual Reality Games
Sixense, a company known for its motion controllers that excel in virtual environments, wants to lower the barrier of entry to VR creation to anyone with a little design know-how with its upcoming software development kit. This includes everything from characters, weapons, objects or environments. Once they’ve imported what they need, it’s just a matter of attaching virtual reality controls to the character, Bland said.
“The main reason this is important is because quite often developers such as designers and artist have great game concepts but are not proficient in programming and are often dependent on others to see their ideas come to life,” said Sixense Creative Director Danny Woodall. “Giving them the ability to prototype and flush out their ideas without the aid of someone else is very powerful. Unreal 4 has a similar vision and uses a system called blueprints to allow developers to use a node based visual scripting system.”
The SDK’s Unity integration means creators can download any of the hundreds of thousands of already created assets from the Unity Asset Store. This includes everything from characters, weapons, objects or environments. Once they’ve imported what they need, it’s just a matter of attaching virtual reality controls to the character, Bland said.
Tying this SDK to Unity is a smart move but at the end of the day it’s all about the getting people to buy their STEM system. I see some hard months ahead for any third party peripheral developers. While not being exactly clear, Oculus have hinted on more than one occasion that they have unannounced projects that they’re working on, including peripherals that will work in tandem with the Rift.