Tabletop gaming would make for a perfect VR social experience, but no one's quite made the ideal experience yet. Experiment 7, headed by EEDAR co-founder Geoffrey Zatkin, and Zynga New York General Manager Demetri Dersaridis, along with Coray Seifert of for Studios, looks to form a VR experience that replicates the tabletop experience.
The core of Experiment 7's focus is the Magic Table. The Magic Table can be a platform with which any number of experiences can be built around, and although starting out it will be exclusively for Experiment 7 titles, the studio hopes to allow other developers to be able to release games on the platform as well.
The difference between Magic Table and Tabletop Simulator, currently available for the HTC Vive and unofficially for the Oculus Rift, is that Magic Table will focus more on ease of use and social platform features. In opposition, Magic Table hopes to feature better tabletop gameplay than that currently available in Altspace VR.
Right now you can play a preview of Magic Table Chess for free on Oculus Rift and Gear VR. It's a pretty barebones experience, but it shows the basics for which the platform is striving. It remains to be seen just what Experiment 7 will be able to do with their Magic Table platform in the future. There's been no breakout VR social platforms yet, so who knows, this may be the first one.
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I've loved the idea of this since Star Wars' hologram "chess" game, but I see this as being something more awesome as augmented reality with all players wearing glasses than VR. I hope I'm wrong.
I do love VR experiences where the action takes place at an arms' length and want more of that sort of thing. :)