Slightly Mad Studios and Namco Bandai Games have announced that Project CARS, the premier motorsport racing simulator, will feature as a key launch title for the highly anticipated March 28 launch of the Oculus Rift.
Racing enthusiasts the world over will be holding their breath to place the new Oculus Rift VR headset on their heads in order to experience the newest breakthroughs in virtual reality technology in the comfort of their homes.
“Project CARS is the test case for multiplayer competition on Oculus Rift,” said Stephen Viljoen, Game Director at Slighly Mad Studios. “It offers an unparalleled experience of sitting in the driving seat of a speeding race car. The racing genre was always going to be a perfect fit for virtual reality, and the ability to now wear a virtual helmet that allows you to see through a driver’s eyes is a massive step toward recreating the real thing.”
Andy Tudor, Creative Director, said, “Project CARS offers exquisitely fine details that both harness and take advantage of our dynamic processing. When you look around using the Oculus Rift, you’ll see the detailed cockpit of a supercar like a Pagani Huayra BC in a whole new way. The visual realism and depth of perception – whether you’re looking to your right at a high-end Indy Car surging past you or whether you’re looking towards the apex while trying to nail a perfect lap, or out the back window while reversing – is really astonishing.”
In August 2012, plans to support the Oculus Rift in Project CARS were first announced. In November 2012 Project CARS received over $3.1 million in crowdfunding support and was released in May 2015 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Over 1.3 million copies have been sold.
Project CARS is the first AAA racing game with full virtual reality integration to hit the market. It takes advantage of the new Oculus Rift VR capabilities to provide the most authentic, beautiful, intense, and technically-advanced racing game experience yet available.
Project CARS was created by gamers and tested by real racing drivers. It features world-class graphics and handling, a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system, and deep tuning & pit stop functionality. Players can create a driver, pick from a variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of Historic Goals in a quest to enter the Hall of Fame.
Project CARS, using the Oculus Rift, allows people to experience the action through the driver’s eyes with an unprecedented perception of speed and spatial awareness.
Here is the Project CARS Launching Day One on Oculus Rift video:
Project CARS is now out for PS4, Xbox One, PC (Steam), Wii U and will launch March 28 on the Oculus Rift..
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