If you’re one of those people on the fence about VR headsets, you might want to look away now, for your wallet’s sake. Youtuber Marcel Pfister has unleashed two videos that combine green screen techniques with Oculus Rift to convincingly drop viewers into the driver’s seat.
First up is Assetto Corsa, shown above. Starting in the pit – with the necessary splash of fuel for the driver – we’re transported straight into a dogfight against an Audi R8 LMS at Mugello. The fluidity with which Marcel checks up on his opponent as they fly down the main straight is a massive jump on from what came before, even with vaunted triple-screen setups.
The DiRT Rally video (below) shows off how much greater the environment’s impact can be with VR. While not as technically impressive, as Pfister hadn’t yet made the improvements to his setup as seen in the newer AC video, the rally footage is no less entertaining. The claustrophobia really sets in as the forest portion begins. The only way you could get closer to rallying of this calibre is to buy an ex-works Subaru. Compared to that, Oculus Rift seems a bargain…
Videos like this really sell the idea of virtual reality headsets. While the rest of the industry grapples with implementation that doesn’t come off as gimmicky, racing games seem ideally suited for the technology. Triple screen setups aren’t cheap, and still don’t place the player as convincingly in the centre of the action.
With Oculus Rift out now, and PlayStation VR on its way, we can’t wait to see what the near future holds for racing games.