During Halloween 2014 plenty of scary experiences were released for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) via the Oculus VR Share software portal. You would expect that, for this time of year, a lot of Christmas-themed experiences to be released. One such experience by indie developer Grapevine Forge has recently launched. Named A Christmas Carol, the piece doesn’t adapt the classic story by Charles Dickens, but does create an atmospheric holiday experience using it.
As the developer reveals, the classic story can be head on a radio while players take in the festive sights. “This is a small virtual house experiment with the intent to invoke nostalgic memories of Christmas,” the developer explains. “Sit in a mid 19th century living room and listen as the fire crackles to a radio broadcast of “A Christmas Carol“, or choose to put a record on the phonograph and listen to a Christmas Carol. Watch the snow lightly falling outside of your window and gaze across the snow at your far off neighbours as they sit cozily in their warm homes.”
A Christmas Carol was created as a means of learn the basics of using the free version of the Unity videogame development engine. It can currently be downloaded for free on PC with full support for the Oculus Rift’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2). Possible Mac and Linux versions of the title are yet to be confirmed. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates.