TECHNOLUST: True Cyberpunk Kickstarter

This weekend on the Oculus Developer forums I stumbled upon this great Oculus Rift demo for a game called Technolust. There was a lot of positive feedback so I checked it out. Now, let me first say that I do not have the DK1 and am waiting for the DK2 so I couldn’t actually try the demo the way it was meant to be enjoyed. However, I was still able to get it up and running and walk around in the world a bit. I loved the ambience, the game premise, the easter eggs and all of the references and parallels to cyberpunk cultural icons such as Blade Runner and Ready Player One. I was also happy to see that they are treating Linux as a first class citizen and my nationalistic pride was raised when I saw the developer is in Toronto. I eagerly backed the project on Kickstarter. Check it out for yourself:

TECHNOLUST: True Cyberpunk on Kickstarter

TECHNOLUST: BEST. DEMO. EVER. thread on Oculus Developer Forums (must be logged in for the link to work)

Cyber-thriller ‘Technolust’ for Oculus Rift Launches Kickstarter, Unveils New Prototype (Developer Interview)

Technolust Oculus Rift Review

Unfortunately I couldn’t get the Linux demo working on Ubuntu 14.04 64bit because of a missing libGLU.so.1 32bit library. The Linux demo appears to have been published as a 32bit binary through Unity. I tried several hacks to try and get around this and searched online for a solution but was unable to get it running. I did get the Windows version working though so I got a chance to mess around with it. I think it’s going to be an awesome game and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

PrioVR Kickstarter

PrioVR Kickstarter Image

PrioVR: Suit up. Game on.

Ever since reading Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One I’ve been more interested in watching how AR and VR will evolve over the next few years. Of course everyone is already hotly anticipating the release of the consumer edition of the Oculus Rift but the headset is just one part of a full VR or AR experience.  I wasn’t aware of any reasonable consumer level attempts to integrate one’s full body into the VR experience until I came across the PrioVR Kickstarter campaign.  From their homepage it looks like they’ve got a great team and a good grip on their target market. I wondered about Linux support so I emailed them through Kickstarter campaign. Here’s what they said:

Me: Will you support Linux distros like Debian, Ubuntu or SteamOS? Will any of the source code or hardware be made open source?

YEI Technology: Yes, the PrioVR will, like the 3-Space Sensors, support a variety of Linux variants. And the source code for the demo games will be made open source.

That gets me even more excited! Opening up the project will help it evolve in ways that the creators might never even have imagined. I can’t wait to get mine and start hacking away on it!