Universally Speaking sponsor TIGA Awards
Universally Speaking, the game industry’s leading Localisation and QA provider, are proud to be announced as the Silver sponsor of the TIGA Awards 2016!
TIGA is an outstanding non-profit representative of the UK Games Industry, ensuring quality and excellence throughout the services levels of the gaming market. The renowned TIGA games industry awards will this year take place on the 11th of November at Christ Church Spitafields: www.tiga.org/awards. They will focus on the best in the games industry for 2016, with a night of celebration & awards of excellence, in development, education and services to name a few.
As a proud winner of the award for “Best QA Service Provider” in 2015, Universally Speaking’s CEO Vickie Peggs said:
‘Sponsoring the TIGA Awards is always a pleasure. Universally Speaking’s business is built upon reputation. Over the last 12 years we have proudly ensured we deliver the best quality in everything we do for our clients. We learn and grow our services to be the highest possible standard around. Progression and excellence is a vision both Universally Speaking and TIGA share’.
For further information on Universally Speaking please visit http://usspeaking.com/ or for TIGA visit http://www.tiga.org/
Smartphone VR as an aid for high-end VR
Many articles have been written about Google’s entry-level virtual reality viewer Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR, and the released software as a stand-alone finished product. But as high-end VR hardware is released the relatively low-cost of viewer and smart phone combinations have started to be used as an aid for high-end VR development.
VR is still finding its feet in terms of defining best practices and fulfilling development potential. But it’s clear that developers can benefit by using VR viewers as a prototype platform to quickly try out a game idea before further development on high-end VR headset options. This also presents a great opportunity to have professional user experience testing and focus groups involved with the early concepts and ideas of a VR experience.
The benefits of embracing VR technology will cement new cost-effective and practical ways to test by identifying best practices, creating safe and thorough guidelines and knowing the best ways to respect the user. Getting feedback on issues like jump scares, quick brightness changes, the onset of motion sickness or how to guide the user could be very useful information to have early on in development.
There has also been an increase of indie developers creating a demo or proof-of-concept on VR viewers to pitch to publishers. This is a very accessible and cost effective way to outline the ideas and visuals as there is no need for a high specification PC and VR headset.
It’s no surprise that the use of VR Viewers and smartphones as development aids is on the rise; the low cost, shorter development times and familiar engines and SDKs places them in a uniquely suitable position. This could drive developers to consider if a release version could work on mobile VR; and the more quality VR experiences out there the better!