Perhaps one of the most surprising trends with the Gear VR mobile-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) is seeing developers with titles that have already released on Android and iOS operating systems (OSs) embrace the platform by porting their projects to it. It’s a practice that has had varying degrees of success across the likes of Temple Run VR and more. Another example of this arrives this week, as Atomic Bullfrog has brought Action Bowling to Oculus VR and Samsung’s kit.
Action Bowling costs $2.99 USD and allows players to take part in 10-pin bowling with the added immersion of VR. This is a somewhat exaggerated take on the sport that allows players to choose from a number of stylised bowling alleys and themed bowling balls. They’ll also be able to pull off special shots, curving the ball and more as they attempt to knock down as many pins as possible within a set number of goes, trying to reach a high score. It’s not yet clear how the title will change in terms of controls.
Gear VR itself is finally available as a full consumer version following a year of two Innovator Edition releases for the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S6 smartphones respectively. The latest version of the device arrived in the US on 20th November 2015 for $99 USD and is currently being rolled out in other territories across the globe. It supports Samsung’s wide range of 2015 smartphones including the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge plus and Galaxy Note 5 Action Bowling is just one of a number of new titles that have been released for the kit in recent weeks, with developers such as Ustwo Games, CCP Games and more also making initial releases for it.
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