World Engine NeosVR Launches Beta May 4

by Ian Hamilton • April 24th, 2018

One of VR’s most ambitious and longest-gestating projects is heading toward a beta launch on May 4, and its creator is looking for supporters on Steam and Patreon.

NeosVR is a project from Tomáš “Frooxius” Mariančík and Solirax co-founder Karel Hulec that’s been in development for several years. It is a collection of tools to let people intuitively create dynamic virtual worlds while immersed in VR. An early 2015 version of Neos was entered into the Oculus Mobile VR Jam and recognized with a bronze award — but that was just a “concept demo” in comparison to this much larger project.

Here’s how Neos is described on Patreon: “An innovative metaverse engine designed to accelerate the development of social VR applications. It is built on top of a novel scripting engine that integrates engine logic, synchronization and asynchronous job and asset processing into a seamless whole.”

In other words, Neos is a lot of things. A Reddit page describes the project’s aim as providing “engine-like flexibility while making multiplayer and cloud features the standard.” So Neos is kind of like a cross between VRChat, Tilt Brush and Unity.

Supporters on Patreon get access to the software earlier while the early access launch on May 4 through Steam will widen the release. The software promises an extensive list of importing tools to bring assets into the world engine, including support for “40+ 3D model formats.”

The trailer below offers a somewhat overwhelming look at the software’s scope. Mariančík wrote in an email that most of what you see in that trailer is included in the beta, with a few exceptions including “the plant timelapse” which is slated to come later.

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  • Courtney A Jeff

    I would like to get access to the beta.Praise Jesus my Lord and Savior.

  • Jeff Axline

    This is amazing. Can’t wait to see it evolve.

  • Doug Broomhall

    I’ve been messing around with this since the alpha, it’s awesome. one thing the article doesn’t mention is the cross platform ability with lower end headsets such as the daydream, oculus go, focus, santa cruz etc which will come eventually. I had a chance to play with a daydream build and…it worked! obviously the ramifications for education is nek level. Teacher in a vive, students in go’s – VR classroom baby! can’t wait