HTC is going big this month with a special new promotion for the Vive that sees the addition of a GTX 1017 and the upcoming Fallout 4VR bundled with a brand new HTC Vive at a $799 price tag. Which, compared to its original price of $899 is practically a steal. But they haven’t stopped there. The hardware manufacturer’s Creative Labs team have announced a new SteamVR Home environment called Driftwood that takes you from your mountaintop home straight to a sandy beach in United State’s Pacific Northwest.
SteamVR Home, which acts as a middleman between reality and the virtual games in your library. It also has a feature that allows people to create their own environments that, if made public, anyone can enter either alone or with friends through a lobby system. Now, this new environment added by HTC’s creative team allows more than just walking around a church in England or a beach in Hawaii. SteamVR Home also supports the Rift for any Oculus owners who want to give the environments a try too.
Check out the trailer below:
“Based on the real world beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Driftwood transports you to an interactive and social world where you can explore a beautifully detailed beach environment, spot indigenous flora and fauna, organize your trophies inside your own Vive travel pod, and invite friends over to your own social lobby,” the announcement on the blog post said.
Travel To The Pacific Northwest For Free
Driftwood is a free addition to the SteamVR Home space that HTC and Valve already offer on Steam. You will be able to do all of the things you were able to in the old Home space, and some of the features that were recently added with the SteamVR Home beta, such as trophies that represent your in-game achievements, that you can show off in the home space.
“Since SteamVR Home launched, we’ve wanted Vive owners to have a place to call their own,” said Drew Bamford, head of Vive Creative Labs. “We’ve merged the remote feel of a private outpost, with a beachfront landscape that is reminiscent of our backyard in the Pacific Northwest. Over time, we’ll evolve Driftwood to add new elements including quests, mini-games and other unlockables and collectibles from Vive Creative Labs to share with friends.”
So even though this isn’t exactly the amazingly surreal environment that VR is capable of – since there are so many possibilities, a roman palace on Neptune for instance – it’s still a step forward. But until we get that awesome treehouse in Pandora, or room in Hogwarts, I guess we’ll just have to settle for some reality in our virtual reality for a while longer.
To install Driftwood, you can visit the project’s page in Steam Workshop or simply look for it on the Environments panel in SteamVR Home and hit the ‘Subscribe’ button. After downloading it, you’ll be able to travel to Driftwood through the Environments panel in SteamVR Home.