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Quantic Dream has 'all VR systems installed in the studio', have 'downloaded every game on every system'
By: Anthony Garreffa | Virtual & Augmented Reality News | Posted: Oct 28, 2016 9:20 am

Quantic Dream is one of the only game developers left that makes games that feel oh-so-different, but Quantic Dream boss David Cage recently talked with and had some interesting things to say about VR.




Cage said: "We have all VR systems installed in the studio, and I encourage my teams to try them out. We've downloaded every game on every system to try and understand where people are right now, what works, and what doesn't work, and what we could bring to this medium". Cage added: "The idea is not to do VR for the sake of doing VR. It's about saying something on this medium that hasn't been said already".


When it comes to the sense of presence that VR can give gamers, game developers will have to do more to trick gamers' brains into thinking that the virtual reality they're in, is more real than 'just a game'. Cage continued: "If there's a character in front of you, your brain thinks they're actually there. So suddenly there's a distance you're trying to keep when you talk to them".


He continued: "I had a very weird experience in a VR game. It was during a cutscene where the characters are moving around me and I was very close to one, really looking at it. But I wasn't paying attention so when he moved forward, he went through my body. And I can't tell you how weird that felt. It was almost mystical, like someone going through you. You feel it. Your brain is tricked".


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