Apr 12th, 2017
Announcing Titans of Space PLUS for Gear VR
I wasn’t planning to go back to Mobile VR so soon!
Nov 28th, 2016
Titans of Space 2.0 gets a comfort mode
Despite the positive reactions Titans of Space has received since the initial version was released over three years ago, there has been one nagging problem throughout: it uses artificial locomotion to sweep players along from planet to planet, accelerating them at a blistering pace along curved paths while rotating their frame of reference, performing lateral moves, and so on. Even though I made an effort to be gentle with the player, it “breaks all the rules”.
May 20th, 2016
Titans of Space 2.0
Many months since posting here! The last release of Titans of Space was v1.8 on Oculus Share, 9 months ago. I wish I could say I’ve been working on an update Titans for all of those 9 months, but I’ve been helping out on other projects, most notably Apollo 11 VR, and of course all the usual things happening in meatspace that take time away from VR development.
Sep 26th, 2015
Big update for Titans of Space on Gear VR!
A new version of Titans of Space is now on Oculus Store for the Gear VR:
Aug 27th, 2015
Titans of Space [Classic] released, works with Oculus Runtime 0.7
Titans of Space is over 2 years old. I’ve spent a lot of the spare time across 6% of my life on this thing! Yikes! I feel very fortunate that it has seen a lot of downloads across several platforms, and I remain encouraged to push ahead for stronger market penetration and add as much value as I can to it.
Mar 24th, 2015
Mars Is A Real Place has been released!
I’m happy to announce that I’m sending a new VR experience out into the wild, and this time I’m charging a small amount for it. Despite the relatively simple screenshots and premise, I’m hopeful that the few people that take a chance on it will enjoy it. It’s definitely not for everyone, but like all my VR demos and experiences, I tend to build what I would love to see for myself.
Feb 28th, 2015
The Narration Add-On is here! (Cardboard first, other platforms to follow)
When I first released Titans of Space in the middle of 2013 (wow… time flies), one of the top requests I started getting ever since was for a voiceover / narration of some kind. At first I figured this would be no problem, but it’s a pretty big job to get the script written, and then record the voiceover for all of it. Not only that, but setting the right tone and covering fresh topics is a challenge.
Feb 27th, 2015
Titans of Space for Cardboard - Lessons Learned
Warning: long post ahead!
Dec 8th, 2014
Gear VR now on sale + some good articles
Looks like the Samsung Gear VR has just gone on sale! http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/wearable-tech/SM-R320NPWSXAR
Dec 5th, 2014
Titans of Space (Gear VR) - Recent Optimizations
I mentioned in my previous post that I removed stereoscopic 3D in favor of player comfort and a few bells and whistles. I then updated the post stating that I was able to provide an option to enable a 3D cockpit. This post goes into some detail.
Dec 4th, 2014
Optimizing "TNG Engineering" for the DK2
After releasing TNG Engineering for the DK2 (which is now up on Oculus Share!), I received some requests to make a post about optimizing this to run so smoothly for so many.
Nov 11th, 2014
Titans of Space update, plus tough Gear VR decisions
Titans of Space has been updated to v1.70 for the Oculus Rift DK2. There are a lot of changes in this update, the highlights of which are: improved performance, a smoother experience, some planets and stars getting another facelift, support for more languages, a new zoom mechanic, a few new options, etc. It is built against Oculus’ new Unity plugin 0.4.3.1, which is working extremely well, and requires Oculus Runtime 0.4.2 or newer.
Sep 3rd, 2014
Titans of Space has been ported to Samsung GearVR
To me, Oculus and Samsung’s partnership in bringing the GearVR into existence is pivotal in the rebirth of VR, especially when it comes to going mainstream, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a tiny part of it as an early developer.
Aug 17th, 2014
Titans of Space v1.52 with DK2 support has been released, and details + a download link can be found at www.TitansOfSpaceVR.com. Thanks to the wonderful VR community, I've received a few pages worth of feedback already, so expect further updates and improvements in the coming weeks.
Mar 21st, 2014
Final thoughts on GDC
Today I visited with Technical Illusions to try out the CastAR. They have a room with three different prototypes running three different demos, all highlighting different aspects of the AR experience. I was so engrossed in what I saw that I completely forgot to ask about the VR clip-on and where they are with that. In any case, their HD prototype is stunning, and I was pleased to realize that even if the 3D world you're looking at extends past the physical surface with the retroreflective material, there's no conflict because the retroreflective material doesn't have any detailed features to focus on. So, I'm thankful they took the time to demo it for me and I'm quite glad that I backed it. Plus, the pins they were giving out are covered with retroreflective material, how cool is that? :)
Mar 19th, 2014
Thoughts on GDC 2014 so far
Well, it's definitely the year VR takes off, that's for sure. Everywhere you look, VR VR VR! Absolutely impossible for a developer to ignore the trend now. I saw several booths utilizing the Rift as though it was just part of everyday life. And still more booths showcasing technologies that will clearly benefit VR content.