Leading independent game developing studio, Harmonix, will be launching its first Virtual Reality experiment after almost a year of exploring interactions with the use of technology to somehow teach or encourage people to listen to music. This is in the form of an app, the Harmonix Music VR which will be exclusive for use with the Sony Playstation VR headset.
Music Virtual Reality
This game is divided into four different worlds where the user will be in a virtual world that he chooses while listening to music. Game designer for Harmonix, Jon Carter, said that the app is a collection of unique worlds that allows the user to experience music and appreciate it through immersing in a virtual world.
To put it simply, the designer called this a VR music visualize. This app already has 17 songs as well as the music from the rhythm games, Amplitude, A City Sleeps, and the Harmonix Music VR complete album. It also allows for using personalized music by plugging in a USB drive with selected songs by the user.
Four Unique Worlds, Four Unique Experiences
The four world experience includes an alien planet where the VR player will be presented with four VR scenes while music is playing. The beach scene is perfect while listening to meditation songs or relaxing music. All the user has to do is to just sit back, relax and enjoy a different world even in the comforts of one’s living room. According to the people at Harmonix, this is a completely stationary experience.
The other virtual world is called the “Trip” which offers a sort-of hippie experience while being in a kaleidoscope world. It aims to make the user feel that he or she is inside the music itself. It provides a passive experience and lets the gamer focus on the music.
The third one features reactive 3D characters that can be likened to a party scene. As the user presses play, the characters in this world will dance to whatever music is playing. User can even grab the characters, make them dance and choreograph their dance moves.
Meanwhile the last world seems like an app in itself. This allows the user to sculpt things in the world while enjoying the music being played in the background. Although there is no available store for gamers to buy songs, users can use any song using different formats like in MP3 or WAV format.
Harmonix Music Playstation VR game will be available in October this year.