Mixed Reality Shell Game Tutorial Part 2

This Mixed Reality Game Development Tutorial is the second in a multi-part series where we will create a complete game from scratch.

The goal of this series is to create a full game that will run on the Windows Mixed Reality headsets. While the game will be simplistic in nature, the process will show what all is needed to get a game actually completed.

In this second session we dive into the core game logic and create it as a stand alone C# library and bring it into Unity as a plugin. It is being tested in Visual Studio using xUnit.

The next session will hook this logic up to the actual game components.

Mixed Reality Shell Game Tutorial Part 1

I’m excited to bring you the first part of a new series. The goal of this series is to create a full game that will run on the Windows Mixed Reality headsets. While the game will be simplistic in nature, the process will show what all is needed to get a game actually completed.

This first session is all about getting the level started and importing the Mixed Reality Toolkit (MRTK).

Next week, we will dive into the core game logic and create it as a stand alone C# library and bring it into Unity as a plugin. It will be tested in Visual Studio using xUnit.

We will have a session every week until the game is completed. So crank up Unity and Visual Studio and let’s create a mixed reality game!

Getting Started with Mixed Reality

This week I created a video where I discussed the definition of Mixed Reality as well as showed a quick demo of getting started with creating apps, games, or experiences with the immersive headsets.

Just like HoloLens development, the Mixed Reality Toolkit (the toolkit formerly known as  HoloToolkit) is your best friend.

Simply start a new Unity project – making sure you have the UWP components installed – and then import the Mixed Reality Toolkit (MRTK). From there, delete the original scene camera. Bring the MixedRealityCameraParent prefab into the hierarchy followed by the DefaultCursor and InputManager.

Create your scene like you want. I simply added a cube.

You save your scene and apply project settings by clicking hte Mixed Reality Toolkit in the Unity menu and selecting Configure and then selecting Apply Mixed Reality Project Settings. Make sure that Enable XR is selected as well as Target Occluded Devices.

When you hit play in the Unity editor, it will launch the Mixed Reality Portal and you will be able to look around your environment with your immersive headset.

If you want to just work inside of Unity and not have to use the headset during different parts of development, simply uncheck the Virtual Reality Supported checkbox under XR Settings in the PlayerSettings. You can get to PlayerSettings by opening the Build Settings window. That is done by clicking Ctrl+Shift+B or by clicking File > Build Settings.

Enjoy the video!

Having Fun with SteamVR in Windows Mixed Reality

This week, since Windows 10 Fall Creators Update came out, I was able to upgrade my main development machine. I have been waiting on that for a while as my main dev machine has the NVIDIA 1080Ti GTX.

Now a few weeks back Microsoft announced that SteamVR would be supported on the Mixed Reality devices. But there was little information as to what that looked like exactly. In fact, I had a fellow MVP tell me that “’SteamVR’ was a marketing promise, not a real one”.

Fortunately, that turned out not to be the case. After I installed the Fall Creators Update, I opened a couple of native Windows Store apps first. The first one being vTime. It is a VR social area like a few others out there. I setup my avatar and tried out a couple of the cool locations they had. But I didn’t actually try to connect with anyone… I had more things to try out!

I did a couple of other things but then I brought up SteamVR and played the “War Robots VR: The Skirmish” game I downloaded when I first got the headsets to see if it would work. It didn’t work then, but I was able to launch a beta version of SteamVR that actually launched inside of the Mixed Reality Portal.

I transferred from my Cliff House room and I was brought into the SteamVR room. From there, I was able to browse the SteamVR store and my library and then I was able to play that War Robots game. It was a great experience. I really liked how I could move my head and it used that to turn the big mech I was in around.

I then grabbed a few more free titles from SteamVR like Google Earth VR, The Lab, Rec Room, Anyland, Bigscreen, and some more. I actually only tried out Google Earth VR and the Lab. I spent a lot of time playing and enjoy the Lab. I wanted Google Earth VR to work, but it was pretty buggy and I couldn’t get it to actually get past step 5 of 7 in the tour to get started. Assuming I can figure it out, I liked what I saw and would love to be able to see different places in VR.

The Lab was really a great experience. I think some of it is because of my love for Portal and Portal 2, but the actual Slingshot gameplay was really a lot of fun. You can see me playing that part of the game in this week’s video: