A true step forward for all players to take advantage of the VR.
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Virtual reality is becoming more and more popular amongst gamers, but the latter still has a way to go to be open to people in situation of handicap. This may well change with the arrival of a new tool referred to as WalkinVR. The developer Grzegorz Bednarski has been working for several years on this system, which was in beta since 2017. It is now downloadable for free on Steam and is compatible with Steam VR.
Progress in the accessibility of video games
Through multiple features, it offers real gains for players who suffer from a disability. “Virtual Move” makes it possible, for example, the use of motion controllers that allow you to move virtually without having to physically move. It is even possible to crouch and stand up. For players who have a hard time grasping the motion controller, it is also possible to simulate their position in function of the position of their hands.
WalkinVR includes many other features in thoughts to make the games a lot more accessible than they are currently. For the time being, these advances are limited to games that work with Steam VR, but this might encourage other developers to take action for other virtual reality environments.
In terms of accessibility, Microsoft made also the figure of a good student. We will show by example, two years ago, the Adaptive Controller. This Xbox is perfectly flexible and affordable way to enable players with disabilities to fully express their talent. The idea is to design products to make the world a more egalitarian and inclusive. Microsoft intends to take account of people who are too often forgotten in the classic designs of the video game industry.
As a reminder, the players in a situation of disability have been featured on Press lemon on the occasion of the Grand Tour We Are #TousGamers. You can also find full episodes of this event punctuated with beautiful meetings here.
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