Increasingly keen to dip their toes into the virtual reality (VR) pool, Ubisoft have announced yet another project featuring the technology. An investment in MM-Company’s MMOne technology will see the videogame publisher debut their new full-motion VR arcade technology at Paris Games Week this October.
The MMOne chair works on three axis and is able to rotate 45 degrees left and right, raise 45 degrees and revolve 360 degrees. The system reportedly offers a one millisecond response time with 20 millisecond position correction. Physical space required for the chair to operate safely is slightly more than four cubic meters, thus catering to businesses and high-tech out-of-home entertainment venues.
Trackmania² Stadium will be the first Ubisoft title to make use of the MMOne system, however more titles are expected to be announced in due course. Indeed, it would be easy to see how other Ubisoft VR experiences – such as Rabbids VR Ride – would adapt to the hardware perfectly.
Matthieu Dallon, ESWC founder, stated: “These completely extraordinary conditions, involving physical forces in a virtual environment, will once again redefine eSport, which is increasingly becoming THE entertainment of the 21st century,” He went on to express, “We are very proud at the faith Ubisoft has shown us with this project, and we’re really excited at the idea of working with MMOne technology.”
Ubisoft will debut MMOne’s 360 degree full-motion attraction at the 2015 Paris eSports World Cup, part of Paris Games Week. Players making it to the finals in Nadeo’s Trackmania² Stadium will don VR headsets and take their seat in MMOne’s interactive 360 degree chair. According to MM-Company, this event will be the world’s first full-motion VR tournament.
The MMOne prototypes will be available by reservation to the general public attending Paris Games Week. VRFocus will be in attendance at Paris Games Week, and will keep you updated with all the latest details on MMOne and Ubisoft’s VR efforts.
UPDATE: Since the publication of this article Ubisoft has contacted VRFocus to clarify that any ‘investment’ was not a financial agreement, but rather one of faith in the project. The following quote was offered by a Ubisoft spokesperson: “Ubisoft does not have an investment in the MMOne company nor its technology, however, we are very excited to be working with MMOne and ESWC for the upcoming 2015 Paris eSports World Cup.”