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Datura Dev Builds Virtual Reality For Sony

How long until the holodeck?

Plastic are the Polish developers behind the weird non-game, Linger in Shadows. They’re also the guys making the very peculiar looking Datura, which is due for release next week. Their new game is a kind of first person adventure game, as far as we can tell. It utilises Sixaxis or PlayStation Move to allow the player to interact with the world.

Well, after being tasked by Sony to create “the most immersive virtual environment possible, using only consumer electronics”, they’ve gone and built an impressive VR rig. The system works thanks to Sony’s own 3D headset, the HMZ-T1, and an extra Move controller stuck to the side of it. That allows head tracking and a completely enclosed viewpoint.

It’s really all quite impressive.

Source: Plastic, via iWaggle3D

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16 Comments
  1. TheDemocrodile
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    you know one thing about holodecks that noone seems to take into account?
    Mess.
    Everything generated by a holodeck is unreal, hence the ability to say “End Program” and the room revert to its yellow and grey box look but everything you put into it i.e Sweat is real and whould thus stay within the room.
    Now when most people (Men) think holodeck they think sexual encounters right?
    Well what happens when you finish up with the sweet green skinned orion slave girl and say end program?
    Mess.

    Good morning :).

    Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 09:44.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      No mess – while your vision is distracted by the virtual loveliness, a robot vacuum does the nasty! :P

      Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 10:40.
  2. stage1
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Looks great but not sure everyone has one of those virtual reality projectors at home.

    Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 09:45.
    • TTP
      Member
      Since: Sep 2008

      That VR projector set up was there just to show off. That is, to let you see what the guy wearing the HMZ-T1 is seeing. The actual set up is comprised of just the HMZ-T1 and two Moves.

      Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 10:32.
    • Sympozium
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      yeah it was showing off, not something that could at home now, whatever you thought of it.

      Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 11:58.
  3. kjkg
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Very impressive but when/if VR becomes the norm, I hope they sort out the bloody lag.

    Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 10:02.
    • nofi
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Also yeah – it was about a second behind.

      Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 10:08.
      • Foxhound_Solid
        Is a smart cookie.
        Since: Dec 2009

        One day things like this will work perfectly.

        Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 21:21.
  4. nofi
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    What an utterly bizarre trailer/promo/thing.

    Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 10:07.
  5. TTP
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    No “via iWaggle3D”? I was first! :P

    Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 10:28.
  6. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    In all honesty, I think it looks bloody crap.

    Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 10:35.
  7. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    I don’t think that presentation really did it justice. I’ve just had a quick read about the HMZ-T1 and it sounds mighty impressive.. “a pair of 1280 x 720 OLED panels capable of 3D graphics…. offering the equivalent of a 750-inch screen viewed from 20m away….45-degree optical lens technology means there’s practically zero 3D crosstalk. The broad viewing area is actually wider than most peoples’ actual field of vision, which makes for a more immersive experience.”
    But at $800 it’s outside most peoples budget, sadly.

    Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 11:03.
  8. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    And all for only £124, 999.99

    Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 16:06.
  9. gaffers101
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    HMZ-T1 is £800 on Amazon, no,no, walk away……..

    Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 18:34.
  10. JaffaMan24
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Ummmm, all those lights, that huge screen, the massive projector…..all completely unnecessary as it was all done within the headset so the guy playing the game would have seen none of it?!

    Comment posted on 03/05/2012 at 21:30.

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