|Developer||High Fidelity, Inc|
|Publisher||High Fidelity, Inc|
|Platform||SteamVR, Oculus Rift (Platform)|
|Device||HTC Vive, Oculus Rift|
|Genre||Early Access, Early Access, VR, Indie, Building, Software, Memes|
|Input Device||Tracked motion controllers|
|Play Area||Seated, Standing, Room-Scale|
|Release Date||Nov 9, 2016|
As of March 2015, High Fidelity has raised 17.5 million dollars in 4 rounds of venture funding.
High Fidelity is a constantly updated VR platform developed by High Fidelity Inc. The game is designed around being a free, open source, VR platform to house a myriad of users at anyone time to help create, play, and mess about with one another as they see fit in a virtual reality space that’s designed to introduce you to new friends and have a laugh with the old ones at the same time.
How Does it Work?
The way the game works is by providing the player with their own personal space to do with as they please, which is quite literally the truth. With the amount of tools on offer to the player, there’s a lot that can be done in this VR platform. For instance, one of the main drawing points for the platform is that players have the opportunity to effectively make their own mini-games inside of High Fidelity, be they simple ones or complicated. In the platform you could make a VR version of ping-pong, or you could come up with something completely original for anyone to enjoy, all at the low-low price of completely free.
What Makes it Different?
One of the main things that keep it different and interesting is the fact that your own personal space can be pretty much whatever you want it to be; whether it’s there to be enjoyed with friends or complete strangers in complete VR. This platform gives the player the opportunity to enter any player’s space – providing they’ve made it public – and mess around with everything that’s around them, be it a punching bag or a bow and arrow mini-game that you can compete with your friends on. It’s the sort of platform you can jump onto for a few hours with a couple of friends and enjoy a myriad of different aspects and areas the bustling community has built over the game’s lifespan.
When it comes to High Fidelity, there’s a lot to be said for the community because it is such a big part of the platform, as its success completely lives and dies on this community. High Fidelity, however totes a very positive community to any and all who enter it and for those of you out there who aren’t the most creative of minds, there is an online marketplace to download a wide-variety of props and games into your own personal space. You don’t actually have to be able to build your own version of Pac-Man in a VR space, not when you can download one someone has perfected in the engine already and has made public for the whole expanse of the game. This community is the biggest aspect of the entire platform and that’s what makes High Fidelity so interesting and unique when in comparison to other VR platforms and games.
Aesthetics for the Platform
At times, the game isn’t exactly perfect on the visuals front, but that depends more on the creator than it does the platform itself. Some areas in the game are that of low-res polygons, whereas in others people might have spent hours upon hours perfect every little inch of their personal bowling alley. For the most part, the visual nature of the game is down to the creators and the creators alone, but the majority of the characters/avatars you’ll come across in High Fidelity are relatively cartoonish and silly, which gives them their own sort of charm at the end of the day.
The end result for High Fidelity is that while it isn’t absolutely jam-packed with content, the developers are continuously adding more to it; as are the community themselves. High Fidelity has and will become a slowly expansive VR platform available to anyone that wishes to spend hours upon hours perfect their own personal area or just want a chance to meet new friends and hang out with some old ones.
As time goes by, the game receives more and more polish for some of the bugs and issues that crop up as a result of a continuously updated game and from the way the developers speak, it doesn’t seem like they will ever be done adding more and more to High Fidelity, which makes it a grand VR investment.
High Fidelity is an open source, cross-platform virtual reality app that gives you the power to create, explore, and share virtual worlds together.
Build worlds of any size, use any kind of avatar, create complex physical objects, import from standard formats, and share with others through the High Fidelity Marketplace. High Fidelity is for everyone: VR enthusiasts, teachers, makers, artists, and more. Welcome!
- OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit
- Processor: i7-4700 quad core equivalent or greater
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290
- Storage: 2 GB available space