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:

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun as Seen Through the HP Mixed Reality Headset

If you like stealth games, chances are you will like Shadow Tactics.

Last week I received the Acer Mixed Reality headset.

This week the HP Mixed Reality headset I ordered showed up.

I’ll be creating an unboxing video soon, but wanted to show off this little test I did…

I hooked up the the HP device and streamed my Xbox One to the Xbox App running through the Mixed Reality Portal.

The cliff side house has a theater room where they positioned the app by default.

I actually streamed the gameplay over on Mixer. I’ll probably be doing more live streaming over there. So if you are interested, go ahead and click the follow to be notified when I go live.

The game Shadow Tactics is actually pretty fun. It’s been out on the PC for a while, but just released to the Xbox One.

If you like stealth based games, you’d most likely like this.

Plus… the game was made with Unity!

Check out the gameplay here:

 

Xbox One Controller–HoloLens Edition & HoloHack in Atlanta

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Around August of last year, I ran a contest to give away an Xbox Controller that was themed like the HoloLens. I even had“HoloLens Edition” engraved on the controller – unfortunately, it doesn’t show up in this picture, but it does on the website where you can order your own!

The winner of the controller was none other than Jason Odom, who at the time was creating a lot of YouTube videos around the HoloLens. Since then, he has created a HoloLens book (HoloLens Beginner Guide) and his is constantly writing articles for Next Reality. Make sure to check them out.

Anyway, he is going to be at the HoloHack in Atlanta, and it reminded me about this controller. I wanted to give you the link to the design in case you were interested in purchasing it.

I’ll be heading to Atlanta to meet up with Jason, and my fellow HoloLens consultant James Ashley, another HoloLens dev and Microsoft MVP, as well as some others that will be there.

If you are in or around Atlanta, you should definitely drop by. I’d love to say hi!

Here is the link to the controller: http://chd.me/xboxhe

Tub of War Game by Martin aka Quill18 (Ludum Dare 38)

This weekend the Ludum Dare game jam and competition took place.

Due to too many other obligations I wasn’t able to take part, but I was able to watch a little while Martin created a great game by himself in just 48 hours. He did it live on Twitch, which apparently he has done for quite a while now.

I really like the idea of a timed jam which forces you to focus on just what is needed to get done.

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that a favorite book of mine is Essentialism. Everything comes with a tradeoff. Saying yes to one thing means saying no to something else – maybe even everything else.

When you are creating something under a time constraint, it forces you to think like an essentialist. You can only do a few things, so focus on them.

You can grab the source code and the executables on Martin’s site at http://quill18.com/ld38/

I made a quick video of me trying out the game Tub of War.