Oculus Rift has a lot going for it, but currently screen resolution isn’t one of those things. Incited by the remark of a client, we set out on a mathematical journey to find out whether Oculus theoretically could develop a 4K resolution headset considering present technological boundaries.
So many conferences, so little time! Casual Connect has always been a PreviewLabs favorite and so, seven years after we first attended the event, we return to Amsterdam to attend some lectures, demo some prototypes and network (read: have a beer while talk about games). Join us!
What happens at PreviewLabs is pure sorcery and it’s not often we let our readers in on the magic we concoct behind closed doors. But since we’re feeling generous, we just released all documentation on the Siegebreaker prototype. There’s even a playable build!
We didn’t become an authority on rapid game prototyping from one day to the next: every successful company has a passionate origin story and ours was recently featured in the Dutch magazine Ondernemers. Read on for some highlights of our short yet thriving history.
We’re slowly becoming regulars at Game Connection Europe. Having attended three times in four years, we gained a lot of experience with speed-dating in the games industry. Read on for some expert tips and tricks to get the most out of your trip to France.
Following the logic that a picture tells more than a thousand words, a video must tell more than a couple of books. And seeing as we’ve got no less than five prototype videos for your viewing pleasure, that means we just have saved you a LOT of reading.
Game developers aren’t the only group of people in need of prototypes, we lend our services to academic researchers as well. Behind the jump we’re elaborating on three wildly fascinating science projects we’ve been working on in the past two years.
As there aren’t a lot of prototyping companies around, we often get invited to speak at conferences and events. Next to spreading the word about the importance of rapid game prototyping, we also try to stress that not all prototypes have to be fun and games.
Since we don’t make our own commercial products, we never get covered by the specialist games press. So we were very delighted when De Tijd, the biggest financial newspaper in Belgium, interviewed us for a lengthy story about our games lab.
A good racing game flies or falls with the quality of the race tracks. Crafting those manually takes a lot of time. Time you don’t have when you’re rapidly developing a prototype, so we’ve taken a look at some tools to help us create fun race courses on a very short notice.
We tried to figure out if it’s possible to reconstruct a smartphone’s three-dimensional path using only accelerometer and gyroscope data. This could be used for instance to draw a race track in a room by walking around, while waving your phone as a brush to draw the track.
Good news everyone! We’ll soon be moving into our brand new office and it turns out there’s more space there than we need for our current team, so we’re looking for two more people to join us. Next to filling up the room, you’ll also be working on some very cool prototypes.
Ask anyone where the core of the games industry is located and you’ll get the same answers every time. Sure, the United States and Japan are paramount to game development, but we’re making steady headway in Belgium as well, as illustrated by this article in business magazine Trends.
For PreviewLabs, keeping up with new technologies is of the utmost importance. Balancing the actual prototyping with doing research isn’t always easy, so we put our intern Peter on the job. Here are some topics he will look into so we can build better prototypes for a wider array of platforms.