Crytek has recently announced that they will be planning to open seven new Virtual Reality (VR) First Labs for universities located in Canada and the USA. This first step, is to follow up with their initial announcement of launching the VR First movement.
So what exactly is VR First? It is a program specifically aimed at academic institutions to provide students with state-of-the-art facilities for R&D. They will be given access to Crytek's CRYENGINE
software which is one of the lead technology in VR today.
Big brands comprising of AMD
, Leap Motion
, and Razer
has signed an agreement to join as partners in this project. The labs will be focusing on Research & Development of VR and promoting it in academic institutions. Since it is still in the early years of planning, it could be possible that more companies will be participating in the project depending on the progress and achievements shown from it in the long run.
Some big name schools such as Purdue University, University of Florida, Carleton University, Vancouver Film School, and 3 others will be one of the first few universities to be taking part in this initiative. The first VR Lab was launched in Istanbul's Bahçeşehir University
The research on VR has been rapidly growing over the years and has contributed greatly in not only gaming, but also for military training, and therapy. For students interested in VR and research done on it, you should definitely keep an eye out on this initiative as it would greatly increase your experience and knowledge in VR technologies.
It could be possible that in the next coming years, research on VR technology can allow it to be mass produced and used in many different jobs.
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Until then, continue gaming strong!