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Senza Peso: New Virtual Reality Experience + Short Film

By on June 3, 2014

DOWNLOAD THE VR EXPERIENCE: Windows
VR YOUTUBE PLAYBACK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrq0KRbRk1U
WATCH THE MOVIE:  senzapeso.com
This is our most visually-rich experience to date — a high-end PC is required.

We’re excited to present our latest cinematic Virtual Reality experience, Senza Peso, along with its short film counterpart.

The idea: Watch the visually and musically-rich short film, then descend into the beautiful realms depicted therein and experience the afterlife for yourself without having to die first!

 

Senza Peso Open Source Screenshot

Senza Peso Open Source Screenshot

Some highlights & interesting facts:

– We switched from Unity to Unreal Engine 4 for this one (After Ikrima’s lifelong dream came true and UE became affordable, including the source code!).

– The short film was a passion project of my friend Alain Vasquez and myself. It took 5 years to make, and was finally finished 2 months ago.

– Because I wasn’t completely sick of working on it after 5 years (sarcasm), Ikrima and I decided to spend another 8 weeks building this awesome VR experience with all the film’s assets, music, etc…

Senza Peso the short film was based upon and inspired by an amazing song some friends of ours made. You can find out more about the music and short film here: senzapeso.com

– Early in the Senza Peso VR project, we were joined by John Dewar, a rad fx generalist and programmer.

– More blog posts to come on this project, as well as on using UE4 vs Unity.

– For the UE4 community, we’re planning to release a realm or two into the marketplace.



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  1. Reply

    William

    June 4, 2014

    I don’t have my Oculus Rift with me, but if you want to gain some additional exposure then I’d suggest sharing your VR experience on the Oculus Rift forums:

    https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=42&sid=f176cd2b0845e4329498826b9d1c5486

    The guys under Reddit seem to approve of it, so good work!

  2. Reply

    Robert Johns

    June 4, 2014

    I just wanted to say. This is unequivocally the best thing iv ever seen on Oculus Rift.
    This was brilliant, frightening…just wonderful. Well done, just absolutely great.

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      June 5, 2014

      Thanks a lot man, much appreciated!

  3. Reply

    Kelvin

    June 4, 2014

    Seems to cause a application was unable to start error 0xc000007b. Any ideas? I have installed required software as noted in the included Txt file.

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      June 5, 2014

      Did you ever get it working?

  4. Reply

    Andrés

    June 5, 2014

    This seems to be amazing, Can I try it just in 3D, without VR?

    • Reply

      ikrima

      June 5, 2014

      Sadly not just yet. The UE4 integration won’t let you play if the rift isn’t plugged in

  5. Reply

    Patrick

    June 5, 2014

    Looks great. Love it!

    • Reply

      ikrima

      June 5, 2014

      Thanks dude!

  6. Reply

    Bob

    June 5, 2014

    does it run without OR, too?
    Just interested if my computer is able to handle this…

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      June 5, 2014

      I don’t think it will play without the rift, something in UE4 we have to look at.

  7. Reply

    Eddie H

    June 5, 2014

    You guys are making headlines all over the web! Congrats!

  8. Reply

    Ben

    June 6, 2014

    Any possibility for a prerendered 3d spherical video for those of us without meaty enough machines? It should be possible to convey the full experience with the graphics turned up all the way to everyone.

    • Reply

      ikrima

      June 7, 2014

      Good idea; we’ll add it to the queue for our next release. I think other people already did that for Senza Peso

  9. Reply

    justin

    June 6, 2014

    Cant seem to get the Windows VR demo to run in 1920×1200? I set it to that, but alas, it reverts back to 1280×800 on my rift?

    • Reply

      ikrima

      June 7, 2014

      I’ve heard of that from a couple of people; might be a UE4/Oculus bug for us to look into.

    • Reply

      Zachery

      June 21, 2014

      The Oculus rift’s max resolution is 1280×800 it is impossible for you to go any higher on The first Oculus Rift Development Kit.

  10. Reply

    Jacob Pederson

    June 7, 2014

    I was sold on VR from day one, but this is some next level stuff. I had no idea Unreal 4 could even do that . . .

  11. Reply

    Neruvous

    June 7, 2014

    Excellent , very bealtiful

  12. Reply

    Peter

    June 8, 2014

    Very cool guys. Well done!

  13. Reply

    Arboladelante

    June 9, 2014

    Hi! This is absolutely amazing.
    How did you manage to put video inside the engine?.
    Congratulations!

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      June 9, 2014

      Thanks! the video is: a Stereoscopic shoot mapped on billboards + some Ikrima coding magic cast on the UE4 source code.

  14. Reply

    Uncas

    June 9, 2014

    Very, very cool! Bravo!

  15. Reply

    Jack Elliot

    June 9, 2014

    Hello! Mac release?

  16. Reply

    Ben

    June 9, 2014

    Any chance of a mac version??

    • Reply

      ikrima

      June 10, 2014

      Sadly not for Senza; UE4 doesn’t have Mac support for the Oculus

      • Reply

        8BitLion

        June 12, 2014

        I think the recently-released UE4.2 has rift support for OSX.

  17. Reply

    8BitLion

    June 10, 2014

    Any chance of this being ported to Mac? I can’t wait to try it.

  18. Reply

    steve

    June 10, 2014

    When DK2 drops in July, I was expecting life to change, but this is so amazing it really makes ya wanna weep. VR > R.

    -and it certainly saves everybody the trouble of showing people more than one demo…

  19. Reply

    Serge

    June 10, 2014

    Hi,
    can you help with this demo?
    Can’t run it, already downloaded and installed MS library and DirectX.
    I can sent a dmp. file if it will help.
    Thank you

    • Reply

      ikrima

      June 13, 2014

      Sure; email me the dump file and I’ll take a look at it

  20. Reply

    yag

    June 11, 2014

    Beautiful, it’s like a demo but in VR 🙂
    http://www.pouet.net/prodlist.php?type%5B0%5D=demo&platform%5B0%5D=Windows&page=1&order=views

  21. Reply

    Ben

    June 15, 2014

    Just watched this on an LG G2 – YouTube App and a Durovis Dive. Amazing.

    I cannot wait for the DK2 so I can try out the VR app! Congrats guys, this is absolutely beautiful.

  22. Reply

    Rich

    June 23, 2014

    Hi

    Looks amazing, will it be compatible with dk2?

    Thanks

  23. Reply

    Remy

    June 27, 2014

    this made me buy oculus.. getting my glasses next sunday 😉

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      September 1, 2014

      Awesome

  24. Reply

    Marc

    July 3, 2014

    This is absolutly beautiful and a real piece of art. The VR experience is amazing. I specially loved the perfectly integrated film sequences. Never saw anything in this quality in VR before. And the particle effects are great, too. Together with the beautiful music, I could watch this the whole day.
    Have you seen the reactions on Youtube? Many reviewers are just blown away.
    Looking forward to see this on DK2 and CV1 !!!!!
    Please do something like this again!

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      September 1, 2014

      Thanks Marc, super stoked you enjoyed it on that level!! Much more to come!

  25. Reply

    Chris

    July 8, 2014

    This was working fine for me a couple weeks ago, but the other night I tried launching it again and am running into problems. It works fine up until I click to start the VR experience. The window starts to display, then immediately minimizes to the taskbar. I can click to restore it, and might see a split second of the title screen, but then it immediately minimizes again. Has anyone else experienced this issue? I can’t think of anything at all significant that may have changed on my machine, and tried removing all applications from startup, but still won’t work. No problems with any other Oculus apps.

    • Reply

      Charlie

      September 3, 2014

      I have the exact same problem where after selecting “Experience the VR” the window flashes for a split-second and minimizes for all Unreal demos except UE4 coaster.

  26. Reply

    Li

    July 11, 2014

    A wonderful experience, thank you!

  27. Reply

    Andrew

    July 14, 2014

    Guys please add support for Mac-would really love to try this out! Thank you – keep up the great work!

  28. Reply

    Chris

    August 18, 2014

    Hey guys,

    This looks amazing! Any chance we’ll see a dk-2 compatible version? Right now I’m unable to get the window to display at the correct size in the Rift and all head tracking is broken. Can’t wait to see it!

  29. Reply

    Conor

    August 31, 2014

    Any update on when the DK2 version will be released? Can’t wait to try it! Got my rift last week and this is one of the main things I’ve been looking forward to.

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      September 1, 2014

      If all goes well we should be posting a DK2 version tomorrow!

      • Reply

        Justin Strunk

        September 3, 2014

        Cannot wait! please please please 🙂

  30. Reply

    Tyrone

    September 1, 2014

    Is there a version out/due for the DK2?

    Cheers!

    • Reply

      ikrima

      September 3, 2014

      It’s out today!

  31. Reply

    TheZon3r

    September 3, 2014

    “Failled to initialize mongo connection” FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  32. Reply

    Sam

    September 6, 2014

    2nd time trying to download, it just sits in “extracting” post-download. Anyone else have this issue? Any suggestions?

  33. Reply

    igor

    September 7, 2014

    OMG. I tested your senza peso. it is masterpeice of demos for DK 2 . I can t believe it. Please would you create second version? I am ready to pay amazing experiences :P. Thank you very very much….

  34. Reply

    Henrique

    September 24, 2014

    Will be a samsung GearVR version?

    a larger number of people need to see this…

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      October 9, 2014

      That would be awesome! but this experience is a bit too power hungry to run on mobile.

  35. Reply

    obijohn

    October 4, 2014

    Guys man this is awesome, almost bought a tear to my eye i was that immersed lol. Great work i hope u guys get rich one day

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      October 9, 2014

      haha, Thanks Obijohn!

  36. Reply

    obijohn

    October 4, 2014

    i want more so bad now guys, can you just stop sleeping and eating wasting time hahahahah. really impressed

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      October 9, 2014

      lol, we already stopped sleeping and we eat while still working, just need to figure out the bathroom situation and wasted time will be a thing of the past! Glad you liked it!

  37. Reply

    martyn

    October 8, 2014

    Cant get this to work. Have oculus set to direct mode and when the app launches, it tracks on my computer monitor in stereo display so I know the tracking is working but the oculus screen doesn’t come on, it just stays dark. Running Win7 64bit, Nvidia 750ti with driver 344.11. Any ideas?

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      October 9, 2014

      Did you have any luck getting it working? Did you try extended desktop?

      • Reply

        martyn

        October 10, 2014

        No luck, updated the firmware of the oculus and gfx drivers up to date. Direct mode definitely does not work. Oculus stays black even though I can see it running on my desktop monitor. Have tried both resolutions in the application and both the better and faster settings. Have an issue with extended mode flipping the right and left screens so nothing in extended mode works. Shame but I guess its early days and it seems to be an issue with the newer Maxwell based nVidia cards.

      • Reply

        martyn

        November 6, 2014

        Finally got this working with 0.4.3 runtime, looks awesome guys!

  38. Reply

    Mint

    October 9, 2014

    Really fantastic, I was dreaming during a few minutes, the VR experience was really amazing ! Keep up the good work guys !

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      October 9, 2014

      Thanks Mint!

  39. Reply

    Luca

    October 26, 2014

    Jawdropping awesomeness awaits you. All that was missing was a better resolution as the one of the DK2 because I didn’t want to miss a single detail.
    Greatest experience on the rift so far, thatnk you so much !

  40. Reply

    EricFelix

    October 29, 2014

    Any help with this error: Fatal error!
    Address=0xee24c1f0(filename not found) [in c:\Windows\system32\OVRDisplayRT64.dll]

    But the file is at that location.
    There are others that say path unknown. If i change the mode from direct mode I no longer get the error, but it doesn’t work that way because the video is off.

    I am getting this for any game that uses URE4 and can’t seem to find an answer.
    Thanks

  41. Reply

    bluepower

    November 15, 2014

    pls give me try it!

  42. Reply

    bflores

    November 24, 2014

    any chance ever for dk1 mac version. There are a lot of us mac developers/VR enthusiasts out there as apple has become more mainstream than ever. Any chance you could throw us a beta or some thing id love to see this thing looks amazing. Unreal 4.3 now has mac support

  43. Reply

    alfonso

    December 10, 2014

    Hello, when I open the application, during the tour, specifically when the blue portals open my PC including audio pauses for one or two seconds, could you help me solve my pc has the following:

    -Mother Board: Asus B-85m
    – Hard disk Solido
    Processor: Intel Core I7 the 4th generation
    graphics card: Asus GTX 980 4GB DDR5

    Please if anyone can help it agraeceria.

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      January 8, 2015

      Hey Alfonso, I know the portal sections are typically where the new levels are loading which is probably causing the hiccups. There are a few windows settings that really help Oculus experiences run more smoothing and the big one to try is turning off the AERO theme in Windows. I’ve found this makes a big difference.

  44. Reply

    Ben

    December 12, 2014

    “The program can’t start because XINPUT1_3.dll is missing.” What does this mean? I am running DirectX 11 on a brand new, fairly top of the line gaming PC laptop. Thanks.

    • Reply

      Latok

      January 3, 2016

      I have the same problem. Don’t know what to do…..

  45. Reply

    Zack

    December 12, 2014

    Is there any chance that you could release a unity version on Google Play for people who experience VR with Google Cardboard? They have apparently sold 500k units, so it would be fantastic exposure! =) Ok, full disclosure. I saw Jack Septic Eye experience Senza Peso on his YouTube video, and I just ordered a Google Cardboard unit. =P

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      January 8, 2015

      There is a good chance a 3D 360 version of Senza Peso will end up on Milk VR for peeps with gearVR. Not sure about google cardboard, we’ll have to see what it looks like.

      • Reply

        T

        February 9, 2015

        When do you estimate for the gear VR version release date?

      • Reply

        Saxon

        March 4, 2016

        Is there any update on the 3D 360 version of this? I enjoyed it on my DK2, and would love to share it with others on the GearVR.

        • Reply

          Cory Strassburger

          June 1, 2016

          Thanks Saxon. We’ll figure out a plan for the 360 version happening soon than later, I too would love to see Senza viewable via Gear VR.

  46. Reply

    Dave Smith

    October 16, 2015

    Yes, please let’s see this in the Gear VR store!

  47. Reply

    Stanislav

    February 1, 2016

    I can’t pun Demo. I meen: demo playing – my rift sreen is black (0.8.0.0 SDK)

  48. Reply

    Lorfarius

    March 28, 2016

    Will this work with the CV1 on launch?

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      June 1, 2016

      Not on launch but stay tuned!

  49. Reply

    Charles Southard

    May 27, 2016

    any update on Google cardboard?

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      June 1, 2016

      Sorry man, we don’t have plans for a Cardboard version but if we end up doing a 360 video, that will work on cardboard.

  50. Reply

    Edward Rothman

    October 19, 2016

    Too wonderful for words. You have created a new artform. I cannot wait to see what you can create in the future. Perhaps something like this but without rails where the music morphs as you move about?

    • Reply

      Cory Strassburger

      October 19, 2016

      Thanks Edward! love the idea of immersive morphing music!

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