Game Engine Space Reshaped Around VR
The landscape for creating a VR experience was reshaped this week as Amazon announced Lumberyard, a toolset forked from Crytek’s CryEngine that is free to use for developing games and (eventually) VR experiences. Amazon plans to make money from developers who use Amazon Web Services to scale the game up with features like online multiplayer. The company is offering full source code access, one of Unreal’s chief selling points.
The two leading VR development engines, Unity and Unreal, revealed in-VR development tools. Epic Games showed its Unreal Engine VR Editor in a must-watch 2-minute preview video. Unity is hosting the Vision Summit in Hollywood Wednesday and Thursday this week where the company is expected to show its take on developing VR while immersed in VR. UploadVR reported some details about the features ahead of the launch but you can follow along a livestream beginning at 10 a.m. PST to see the news for yourself. Look for a Youtube link on the Vision Summit website to watch the event live. Awards will also be given during the event.
A Financial Times article (paywall) reports Google is preparing a Gear VR-like headset and deeper integration of VR into Android.