Many of the current VR platforms on the market require at least a bit of play space. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive can track users across an entire room, but larger areas would likely require additional hardware, especially longer cables. Because of this, games like sports simulators are not quite as realistic as they could beif they were say, on a Football field.
Ok, I admit this is a narrow use case, but you can’t deny there could be interesting possibilities here. Atari and Chuck E. Cheese founder decided he wanted to tackle this problem, and has introduced the Modal VR Platform to allow for large-scale, un-tethered play.
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The new platform is run atop the company’s “VR Fabricator” units along with headsets that help to merge the virtual world with the real world with less than 10 milliseconds of latency. Just one fabricator can support up to 10 players, with the option to add significantly more with the introduction of more fabricator units. While the platform only requires the fabricators and headsets to get into the game, there is an option to use a full body tracking suit that can make the experience all that much more immersive.
The company released a new trailer showcasing a competitive title called Mythic Combat, which is essentially throwing TRON’s light disks at one another. The game is more of a proof-of-concept than anything, demonstrating the extremely vast area of gameplay that users can play in.
While the concept seems enticing, the company has made it clear that it is not attempting to compete with the consumer market. Modal VR is extremely expensive, and is looking to be utilized for business applications.
Modal VR for home use is likely cost-prohibitive and would require slightly more technical know-how than a typical consumer electronic device. We are focused on enterprise applications and typically only sell to other companies.
says the company in their website FAQ.
It will be interesting to see if and how other companies decide to utilize the platform, as it could be used for much larger training operations like those present in construction and other industries.
While the company is promoting the platform for industrial use, the Atari founder at the wheel means that he likely has something fun up his sleeve.