Until now, Google’s Daydream VR has been restricted by help for solely a single, primary controller, however that could be altering. Simultaneous multiple controller help has simply been added to the Google VR software program utilized by Daydream and Cardboard devices, although it’s unclear which headsets will truly help the function.
Spotted by Redditors immediately inside the newest GitHub launch of Google VR SDK for Unity version 1.150.0, the Multiple Controller Support function begins by choosing one controller because the “dominant controller” based mostly on the consumer’s left- or right-handedness, then monitoring inputs from each arms. Each controller’s orientation, gyroscope, accelerometer, contact, and button enter might be individually monitored, together with battery degree and error info.
Critically, nevertheless, Google’s launch notes recommend that some Daydream devices will solely help a single controller, whereas others can help two controllers. It’s unclear whether or not this suggests new Daydream hardware or a firmware replace to allow simultaneous dual-controller help.
Regardless, enabling multiple controllers for use by Daydream headsets would make ports of different VR devices’ games simpler, which is the important thing aim of Unity, the sport improvement engine supported by the brand new SDK. Unity notes that the one official first-party enter gadget for Daydream has been the pill-shaped Daydream controller, which presents three levels of freedom, a dual-axis contact/click on controller, and two additional buttons. By comparability, Google’s Cardboard has supported numerous third-party controllers.
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