Virtual Reality (VR) continues to evolve and stun us with each new innovation. We have seen strides take place in the realm of mobile VR headsets, with the recent announcement of the HTC’s unnamed wireless VR Headset which is set to change the way we engage in VR without a PC / Mobile / Wires to interrupt our play, working on the Daydream platform.
Google has recently made a remarkable breakthrough on the software end of VR with the help of a new tool aptly named, Seurat, after a famous French painter. The new software helped make a new Star Wars experience reach cinematic levels of realism, where it becomes indistinguishable from reality.
The studio that helped first realise the potential of the technology is none other than ILMxLAB, a part of Lucasfilm that handles immersive experiences in VR for mobile handsets.
While other companies are making changes to creating stronger hardware components to help improve the experiences for VR consumers, Google is working on making the software flexible to accommodate different hardware, which is definitely something to look forward to.
Google also recently showcased a newer VR innovation, Worldsense, which lives up to its name. It allows for users to move their body freely while in the world of Virtual Reality, allowing for greater immersion in game play experiences, something previously capable of the Microsoft Kinect. This was demoed in the reveal trailer for the company’s upcoming Daydream VR headset.
While Google has only shown these two concepts through YouTube trailers, they have certainly done enough to gauge the interests of Virtual Reality users over the world. While the first Daydream was less than spectacular due to a vastly limited library, when compared to the Samsung Gear VR, it seems that the newer Daydream headset, Worldsense, and now with Seurat, the search behemoth is looking to make a significant comeback into the world of VR.
While we have to wait for more time to hear further details on any of the aforementioned innovations, we can only wait and see what the future holds for Google as Samsung Gear VR has already upped the ante with the introduction of the controller similar to that of the Daydream, allowing for greater depth of options in games when it comes to the Gear VR and for developers too.