Pinball Labs is a Kickstarter project that marries old school cool with cutting edge tech. The project is attempting to release a true-to-physics pinball simulator for PC, a variety of virtual reality platforms such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and multi-screen virtual cabinets.
The project is banking on support from the already vibrant communities associated with keeping the pinball flame alight in the modern world. Virtual pinball enthusiasts have designed and shared simulated pinball games to play on computers, and homebrew pinball fans are using tech like 3D printing and laser cutting to build their own custom pinball machines. Pinball Labs hopes to win over both audiences by letting users have an unprecedented level of immersion with VR as well as giving them the tools to design and share their own virtual tables with ease.
Pinball Labs is being built with the Unreal Engine 4 and hopes to be complete by July 2016. The Kickstarter has reached $5,000 of its $18,500 goal. Supporters pledging $20 or more (in limited amounts per donation tier) will receive a digital download of the final game.
With VR technology looming over the commercial market, it’s looking like more immersive gaming is going to be the Next Big Thing. However, Oculus Rift and other VR platforms still have a relatively small library of games available. 2016 looks like it may be a turning point for VR gaming, so it’s no surprise that software developers are looking to get into the action.
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