IBM Japan announces Sword Art Online virtual reality project

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IBM Japan announces Sword Art Online virtual reality project

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Postby Dima » Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:38 am

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IBM Japan has announced Sword Art Online: The Beginning, a virtual reality project that aims to realize the world of the popular Sword Art Online light novel series.

Rather than use a controller, the game will be played by moving your body. Reki Kawahara, creator of the Sword Art Online series, calls it “completely different from any game experience so far.”

The project uses a a next-generation computing system called the “Cognitive System” that supports human decision-making, as well as “SoftLayer,” IBM’s high performance cloud system that produces the ambiance of a real world.

At the official website, IBM are taking applications until March 4 for a prototype alpha test to be held between March 18 and 20 in Tokyo. A total of 208 applicants will be accepted.


http://gematsu.com/2016/02/ibm-japan-announces-sword-art-online-virtual-reality-project

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Postby Sachi » Mon Feb 22, 2016 4:32 am

This at least looks more promising than the other Sword Art games currently out.
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Postby IronEvangelion » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:06 am

Isn't the game itself in SAO supposed to be a VR game? Ironic.
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Postby Nuclear Lunchbox » Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:11 am

It's also one that traps you inside and kills you if you try to take off the headset, so I'm sure the marketing campaign is going to be... interesting.

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Postby Dima » Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:21 am

View Original PostIronEvangelion wrote:Isn't the game itself in SAO supposed to be a VR game? Ironic.


This is exactly why they chose SAO for this VR project.
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Postby Dima » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:36 pm

This game/tech demo is listed on HTC Vive games list. Probably it's coming also to Playstation Morpheus and Oculus Rift unless it's HTC exclusive (unlikely).
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