Steven Spielberg rendition of the OASIS in his take on the world of Ready Player One looks colorful and extravagant – but we’re not exactly there just yet. That doesn’t mean we can’t experience an early take on the OASIS through this generation of VR. Which is why Vive Studios launched the Ready Player One: OASIS beta on Viveport alongside the film’s release last month.
Of course, this also meant that only HTC Vive players had access to the OASIS beta and James Haliday’s virtual reality universe is for everyone after all. So luckily the people over at HTC didn’t decide to keep the OASIS beta all for themselves because it’s finally launched on Steam as well and includes support for Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The OASIS beta isn’t available on the Oculus Store yet, but there is still a possibility that it will release on that platform as well since Vive Studios have been known to publish some of their titles on there in the past.
So if you’re ready to jump into the OASIS, then there are four experiences available right now in the beta. Just like in the movie and novel, these games are each accessible from their own world in the OASIS universe and each offers a unique take on virtual gaming and has been developed by different well-known VR studios.
The four experiences available in the OASIS beta are:
- Planet Gauntlet from Directive Games is an endless dungeon crawler full of skeletons looking to flay you alive. Luckily you’ve got a trusty bow to defend yourself with.
- Battle for the OASIS from Steel Wool Studios is a wave shooter that takes place on trenches of Planet Doom near the snowy planes that surround Anorak’s Castle. On this planet you’ll find yourself battling the IOI Sixers for the fate of the OASIS.
- Rise of the Gunters from Drifter Entertainment lets you face an army of the IOI Sixers as well, but this time you can be joined by up to two friends. Survive a merciless onslaught of hyper-explosive kinetic action for as long as you can and collect coins along the way.
- Smash is a futuristic arcade game from 2 Bears Studio that plops you in the middle of an arena to face off against opponents with a paddle in hand. Your goal is to strike balls past opponents and block incoming shots while taking advantage of power-ups and avoiding various obstacles.
So if you’ve got the Gunter spirit then hop into the hub world of the OASIS beta and start facing those sixers.