Originally a launch title for HTC Vive, Google Tilt Brush became one of the go-to virtual reality (VR) experiences for both those who loved to create and beginners new to room-scale VR. Over the years support has widened to include headsets like Oculus Rift, and today Google has announced Oculus Quest will be added to that list this Spring.
The Oculus Quest version of Tilt Brush will be the first time Google has released the app on a mobile device, offering almost all the functionality of the PC version. Google Product Manager Elisabeth Morant says in a blog posting that: “Trade-offs were made during the course of development,” to ensure Tilt Brush worked smoothly. “Most of our work porting Tilt Brush to Quest focused on performance improvements.”
Certain parts didn’t quite make the cut: “We did end up removing some features that depend on the device being attached to a PC, such as Audio Reactive mode which depends on having access to system audio,” Morant adds. Plus some of the more visually impressive effects have been reduced such as bloom which now fades away the more complex a piece becomes.
But this will be the first time artists have complete wireless freedom to create, and they’ll still be able to upload their creations to Poly and share them.
“Tilt Brush is designed for creators — whether you’re a casual doodler or a professional artist,” says Morant. “Over time, we’ve seen the product used in ways we never would have imagined. The possibilities are endless, and we’ve only just scratched the surface.”
Having Tilt Brush on the Oculus Quest will certainly be a boon for the headset, and one of the few actual apps for the device. Oculus’ own Medium and Quill aren’t coming to the headset, with the majority of titles being videogames like Apex Construct, Space Pirate Trainer, Robo Recall, Creed: Rise to Glory, and Moss. It looks like Tilt Brush could be a launch title as well, with Google stating a Spring release. Expectations are high that Oculus Quest launch details will be released at the end of the month during F8 2019. If they are VRFocus will let you know.