New movement updates from Waltz Of The Wizard: Extended Edition aim to make crossing large spaces in VR more comfortable – and they’ll work even with Hand tracking without Oculus Quest controller.
The system is called “Telepath” and the development studio Aldin Dynamics has detailed the new options available in the PC version of the game now. There is a blog post and videos explaining the features alongside a preview showing the gesture “come here” for Quest hand tracking which will allow you to use the new system without any physical controller.
I wrote to Aldin CEO Hrafn Thorisson by direct message and he told me that the gesture should not interfere with a pinch gesture that Facebook reserves on the quest to access the menu system from a VR app when you’re not using controllers.
The videos explain the range of options available with the “telepath” system. It focuses around a more dynamic arc that you can place in the virtual world, then follow the path it generates. There is a “step” option that quickly moves you to points along the way while a “soft” option is more like walking in real life at a constant speed. If you reach nearby objects or dodge something that comes towards your head with physical movement, it will slow down, but you can also swing your arms to increase movement speed. You can also redraw the path at any time. Thorisson warns that the new system may get used to experienced VR users, but more than 90% of users remain loyal to the system.
According to Aldin Dynamics, the new “Telepath functionalities are being deployed in preparation for our next Waltz of the Wizard: Extended Edition extensions, both the world’s major extensions and the gameplay, as well as the manual tracking that will soon be available on Oculus Quest. “
This is the second allusion this week to the hand tracking features that will be coming to Oculus Quest games soon. The curious story of stolen animals has shown that it will be possible to push a cute little dog on a swing using the new entry system. Facebook first released the software development kit for manual tracking on Quest late last year and made it available to consumers on an experimental basis. They regularly updated the Quest system software, apparently in preparation to offer the new entry system more widely.
May 21, 2020 will mark the first anniversary of the release of Oculus Quest and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Facebook start accepting in-store submissions for manual tracking soon. Facebook can’t make the $ 400 helmet fast enough to meet demand and Bloomberg report this week confirmed our expectations for a future version of the autonomous helmet.
You can enter Waltz of the Wizard: Extended Edition on Steam now with the latest “Telepath” feature. The game is also available on Quest but still has an older version of the functionality at the time of this writing and does not yet have hand tracking.
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