Gamescom 2017 is quick approaching and is shaping as much as be one other event worth anticipating the VR business. As Europe’s largest sport business event, it takes on the position because the European E3 for lots of firms. Many exhibitors will showcase comparable demos to the issues already proven at GDC and E3, however lots others will carry model new experiences which have by no means been seen earlier than. And make no mistake: Gamescom is very large. Final yr over a third of a million people attended the event clocking in at 345,000 attendees. That’s nuts.
We don’t know an entire lot about what’s going to be proven this yr but, however we’ve put collectively this record all the identical. As extra bits come out of the present we’ll be sure to maintain this record up to date.
We don’t but know what HTC will likely be displaying at Gamescom, however we all know the Vive workforce will likely be there. We’ve been advised they’ll have a sales space in partnership with AMD the place they are going to be demoing “exciting new content” on the present. This might imply new Vive Studios titles, extra Vive tracker demos, potential Knuckles prototypes hands-on alternatives, and rather more. This could possibly be a giant present for HTC in the event that they play their cards proper. Oculus nonetheless has OC4 this October, so don’t count on something from them in Germany.
We should always have extra data on this quickly, however for now simply know that Gamescom ought to yield some stable HTC Vive news.
Sparc (CCP Video games)
We’ve played Sparc on a number of events and it’s loads of enjoyable. It performs out a bit of bit like a Tron disc battle, besides you’ve acquired a ball and defend as a substitute of deadly discs. They’ve additionally instituted a single participant mode as properly so that you’re not required to search out another person to play with.
Will probably be on display at Gamescom and is unquestionably worth testing.
Unknown Destiny (Marslit Video games)
Every so often a VR sport comes out of nowhere and actually surprises us. It’s simple to maintain observe of the massive releases, however indie games have the distinctive means to actually take us abruptly with unseen potential. We don’t know a lot about Unknown Fate but, apart from it being a first-person journey sport with a spattering of enemies and surreal puzzles.
It’s coming to Rift and Vive later this yr.
With the remainder of this record we’re beginning to get into the realm of hypothesis. Alienware/Dell is listed on the Exhibitor record for Gamescom, however we don’t really know a lot about what they’re displaying. We attended a preview event not way back that’s nonetheless embargoed, so we count on a lot of what was at that event to be at Gamescom as properly.
Once more, Google hasn’t advised us something about what they’re displaying. With the Daydream View and Pixel arising on their first birthday it will actually be thrilling in the event that they talked about successors, however that’s unlikely for Gamescom and can most likely be at subsequent yr’s I/O as a substitute.
They’ll most likely simply have a couple of Daydream View’s at their sales space displaying current software.
We already put the HP Windows VR headset by way of its paces so Gamescom probably received’t have any huge VR news from the corporate this yr. You need to count on largely a give attention to their precise hardware line of PCs and laptops.
We’re not holding our breath for something huge right here.
With the Home windows VR platform going by way of its dev part proper now by way of the HP, Acer, and finally Dell and Asus VR headsets, we’d count on them to have some issues alongside these traces to speak about. Perhaps they’ll carry their Home windows Blended Reality controllers as properly?
We’ll have to attend and see!
This is without doubt one of the firms that stood out most through the Vive X Batch Two Demo Day. They’ve acquired sensors to stipulate the face pad of headsets, wristbands with vibrations performance, and a full-torso vest you may put on over your precise garments. It’s probably the most elaborate system I’ve seen and actually does appear to make a distinction.
Count on to have the ability to demo their haptic sensors at Gamescom this yr.
Indie Video games Poland
In line with data from PR companies we all know that a couple of VR titles will likely be on display on the Indie Video games Poland space of Gamescom this yr. Anticipated to be on display is horror title Syndrome from Bigmoon, and they’ll even be displaying a brand new sport from the identical workforce referred to as Erased. You’ll additionally see the likes of the Chernobyl VR Projec, Racket Fury: Desk Tennis VR, Indifferent (proven abvove,) and Interkosmos.
It’s a wide variety of current and upcoming VR content material.
Holocafé in Germany
From a press launch: “The venue in Aachen will focus on virtual reality only, whereas the Troisdorf venue follows a store-in-store concept, combining lasertag and virtual reality in one location. The main attraction for both locations are multiplayer rooms for 2-4 players, in which they share the same physical and virtual space, allowing them to interact and communicate openly.” The Holocafé is deliberate to be unveiled on the Devcom Developer Convention.
At Holocafé there are some solely developed authentic games as properly.
Different Video games and Firms
When going by way of the record of exhibitors we all know of some extra games and corporations which are anticipated to be at Gamescom this yr that may probably exhibit hardware and software that’s related to the VR business. We’ve supplied a fast record for reference:
- Carpe Lucem – Seize the Mild
- Headup Video games
- Hologate (location-based multiplayer VR)
- Oasis Video games
- Sony Interactive Leisure
- Wizdish (ROVR treadmill, on the Unitymedia stand)
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