This Week in VR Meet-Ups (VRLA and RTP-VR)

Now is such an exciting time to be on the ground floor of virtual reality. This week there were VR meet-ups on each coast of the US, and I attended both.

VRLA hosted the second meet-up for VR enthusiasts in the Los Angeles area on Monday evening. Cosmo Scharf organized a great event at the ISC Mixed Reality Lab, where we experienced everything from medical applications to more traditional games in VR.


Ray Mosco from Oculus and I were there giving demos of Epic’s “Couch Knights,” the Unreal Engine 4 multiplayer project we built for Oculus to showcase the DK2 at GDC earlier this year. I’d like to give a shout out to Ray for bringing along an extra Tiki PC and two early release DK2s!

One cool thing to note about this mixer was the diverse makeup of those who showed up. I met folks from the film and VFX industry, defense and robotics professionals, lawyers and tons of hardware hackers.


We saw a similarly diverse crowd at yesterday’s RTP-VR meet-up which at Epic Games headquarters in (hot and humid) Cary, NC. Lots of folks from architecture, simulation and serious games, mobile development, education and other market segments all came out to get their hands on VR demos and learn more about the current state of the art in the field.


We had fun showing off “Couch Knights” once again, and would like to give special thanks to Artem Bolgar from Oculus for making the trip down to NC and bringing along extra hardware to boot. Artem was very generous with his expertise and time!


Like the LA group, this was RTP-VR’s second meet-up. The numbers quintupled, from 30 at the Cary Hibernian pub in May to 150+ at Epic HQ last night. We had a blast with everyone and can’t wait to do it again.

Lastly, Dana Cowley and I chatted a little about VR and our next efforts toward time-warping in UE4 on yesterday’s stream, which you can watch here.

Have any thoughts on VR? Join us in this thread!

I’m very interested in VR with Unreal Engine but I’m concerned about how to optimize the stereo rendering when using UE4. For example does having double GPU help the rendering process? Or is there any way to render once the furthest object in the scene? I would really like to push my scene fps without sacrificing the scene quality.

Hi, always nice to hear about VR with Unreal Engine!

edit: and I really loved the last Twitch about VR :slight_smile: Thanks for all the info Nick!

@imille, there is not much official information regarding how to get the most performances out of UE4 on VR stereo mode, but there is at least a few threads about that on these forums. Did you look at UE-4-and-Oculus-Rift-Framerate-Optimization?