One of VR’s Best ‘First Time’ Experiences Comes to CV1 and HTC Vive


Consistently a firm favourite here at Road to VR, Sightline: The Chair is an award winning ‘greatest hits’ of VR vignettes that happen to be one of the best introductions to virtual reality. The developer just released the latest version for the recently released HTC Vive and Oculus Rift consumer edition (CV1).

Picking an application or game to demonstrate virtual reality to your VR noob friends can be a surprisingly tough challenge. Sure there are so many great things to see and do in VR, but finding something that aptly demonstrates its potential whilst not screwing with their fragile minds isn’t easy.

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Sightline: The Chair manages to offer a series of mini experiences that straddle intensity and accessibility. Toying playfully with the viewer, Sightline elicits claustrophobia one minute and an immense sense of scale the next, all the while refusing to try anything too extreme that might them ill (with one possible exception, no spoilers).

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The premise behind all of the VR scenes is gaze based, that is – VR’s unique capability to encourage naturalistic exploration. Look away, then look back and everything’s changed – and it’s this simple mechanic that drives progression through the vignettes, each seamlessly joined to the last.

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Developer Tomáš Mariančík (aka Frooxius) has now released the latest version of Sightline and it now supports the first consumer desktop VR headsets from HTC and Oculus. You can grab the Rift version here and the Vive version right here. Don’t forget you’ll need Oculus Runtime 1.3 (although if you’re running Oculus Home this’ll be a given).

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • Alkapwn

    So glad this has been updated! This is for real one of the best experiences in VR.

  • Zerofool

    That’s good news! I really hope more developers update their earlier work, because there were some gems I were never able to experience back in the day (I never had DK1/2, just visiting friends who did). Crashland, Senza Peso, Titans of Space and HL2VR instantly come to mind, with many others also on my “to be experienced” list :). I hope they’ll also add Vive support and where appropriate – hand controllers support (e.g. Crashland, HL2VR).

  • Nads

    This didnt work for me. It hangs and crashes when selecting any of the modes from main menu. Unless if you choose space scene, thats the only one that works none of the other modes work. This is using it on the Oculus Rift CV1

    • I had similar issues with my CV1, but I was able to get the “fast” mode (second item on the menu) working.

    • Lee Maskell

      I had same issue :(

  • MosBen

    I’m happy for the folks that can play it now, but as a GearVR owner I’d love to give it a try.