Crytek Looks to the Future of VR Development with its VR First Program

By   /   Jan 19, 2016

If Virtual Reality is to gain a foothold in gaming, then it is going to need games. Crytek today announced that it will be focusing on the “future” with a new initiative to help developers work with Virtual Reality.

In a press release today Crytek revealed they are to launch the VR First program to help developers create Virtual Reality experiences. What this means is that they will be working with academic institutions to provide state-of-the-art technology and facilities to the students who will be the game developers of tomorrow.

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Not only will Crytek be providing full source code access to their CRYENGINE development suite, but they will also be providing free use of hardware to VR First affiliates. Their aim is to:

“VR First seeks to empower the development talent of tomorrow by ensuring academic institutions around the world are equipped to support their ambitions in this exciting new field. The initial VR First Lab opens its doors today at Istanbul’s Bahçeşehir University and will act as a pilot destination for the scheme. Crytek and the program’s affiliates hope to ensure every VR First lab facilitates users to play a key part in shaping the future of VR.”

For more information on how the affiliations with Crytek will work visit the website for the scheme here. It will be interesting to see where this leads, and when it will start providing some results in the gaming industry. If Virtual Reality is to be a success it is obvious that more companies will have to show confidence in the technology like Crytek are showing with this new scheme.

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