Virtual reality (VR) technology can be used to turn some classic videogames literally on their heads. This can be done not just with the added immersion provided by the likes of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) but also the other features of these devices such as the head-tracking technology. Indie developer Scott Wilson has recently released one such experience in VRong, a spin on classic arcade videogames such as Pong.
VRong is similar to another head-tracking controlled title, Proton Pulse, in that players control a bat by simply looking at where they want to move it. A ball bounces up and down a court, with players trying to score against an opponent while making sure that they don’t let the ball fall past their own goal line. It’s essentially a 3D, VR version of Pong, then. The title will keep score for players throughout a match and boasts a futuristic art style.
The experience features full support for both the Oculus Rift’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2). It can currently be download for free on both PC and Mac via the official Oculus VR Share Beta. There’s no mention of a possible Linux version of the title at this point in time. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of the Oculus Rift, reporting back with any further updates on them.