Again at E3 2019 earlier this yr we discovered that Prepared at Daybreak was engaged on an Oculus Quest port of its zero-gravity VR disc sport, Echo Enviornment, and can be bringing it over to the standalone VR headset in “all its glory.”

Yesterday, at Oculus Join 6 (OC6), I bought the possibility to attempt it out for myself on Quest for the primary time and I can affirm that it’s actually a succesful port of the favored recreation, however actually not an ideal translation.

Usually talking, the sport runs nice on Quest. The builders describe it as nonetheless being in “alpha” however for all intents and functions it appears much more function full than most alphas I’ve tried. The whole lot works already. All of the controls are the identical permitting me to achieve out  with my fingers and use wrist thrusters to glide across the enviornment, I can push off of objects, increase with the left stick, brake with the best, use the grip buttons to seize the disc or surroundings, and use the triggers to punch and block.

Like I stated, that is undoubtedly Echo Enviornment. It’s all right here. Nevertheless it’s simply not fairly pretty much as good, which shouldn’t be a giant shock.

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For starters, you possibly can inform it’s downgraded visually fairly clearly. I haven’t performed Echo Enviornment in months however I may nonetheless spot some variations. The lightning system appeared much less outstanding particularly and I’m fairly certain I may spot a tad of mounted foveated rendering across the edges of my show. Character fashions have been decrease high quality as effectively, even by way of the variations between my avatar and the avatars of different gamers. For instance, my fingers have been articulated with individually animated fingers, however different gamers appeared to have a smudged glove for fingers, principally.

These are fairly minor variations while you’re within the warmth of a match although and don’t really matter. However for the reason that Quest solely has 4 front-facing inside-out cameras within the corners of the headset face plate, the monitoring quantity is far smaller than the unique Rift and smaller than the Rift S. Particularly, when reaching above my head, down across the again of my waist, or behind my again.

In most VR video games you often maintain your fingers out in entrance of you, however in Echo Enviornment that isn’t actually the case. You’ll typically seize a chunk of the surroundings with out taking a look at it immediately or maintain onto the wall, then flip to look in direction of the disc earlier than pushing off and launching your self. That motion was form of hit and miss on Quest. The identical goes for reaching behind my hand to wind up a throw/move or flicking it backwards to toss. The motion often labored okay, nevertheless it typically compelled my arms and fingers to get all distorted, which was a bit jarring.

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To be clear although: Echo Enviornment on Quest, from what I’ve seen to this point, is completely succesful, playable, and fairly good. I’d undoubtedly play this model and would personally suggest it to Quest house owners from what I’ve performed. Not having to fret about wires is motive sufficient to make Echo Enviornment on Quest one price conserving in your radar as a result of it feels nice to spin round with out points. That being stated, it simply isn’t pretty much as good as on PC VR, however that ought to have been anticipated anyway.

There may be nonetheless no launch date for Echo Enviornment on Quest, so keep tuned for extra as soon as we all know!