Indie developer Thomas Kadlec has released the first Unreal Engine 4 powered videogame to support virtual reality (VR). Kadlec has recreated the bridge from the USS Voyager, featured on the popular sci-fi TV series, Star Trek Voyager. Users can strap on an Oculus Rift VR headset and tour the setting as well as interact with the environment. The software can be downloaded for free over on the official Oculus VR Developer forums.
The Star Trek Voyager demo is a detailed recreation of the location, which takes advantage of Unreal Engine 4’s ability to more easily create high texture surfaces and objects. While much of the demo is focussed on exploration, it is possible for players to fire the ship’s photon torpedoes and uncover three different audio clips.
Unreal Engine makers Epic Games have been big supporters of the Oculus Rift, with support for the Unreal Development Kit (UDK) being built into the headset’s first software development kit (SDK). Unreal Engine 4 is a step up from both the UDK and Unreal Engine 3, the latter of which has been used to develop a range of high-profile titles over the past few years including the likes of Epic Games’ own Gears of War franchise.
Epic Games isn’t the only engine maker to integrate Oculus Rift support into its toolset; the popular Unity Engine also comes with full support for the device. VRFocus will continue to follow the latest on any and all VR technology and bring it to you.