Google's Tilt Brush may be an intriguing app to create artwork in the virtual reality (VR) environment while donning a headset, but it has some serious competition. Meet the Kingspray Graffiti Simulator VR, which will enable users to paint in the 3D world sans any physical canvas or paints!
The Kingspray Graffiti Simulator is already available in a non-VR format, but a new video shows how the VR app can run smoothly on the HTC Vive headset.
Basically, the Kingspray Graffiti Simulator VR game is the sequel for the Xbox download King Spray, which was released in 2010 and was available for $3 from the Xbox Live Indie Games store.
The brainchild of Microstudio Electronicshed, the successor Kingspray Graffiti Simulator VR is extremely different from the older offering. It offers players a slew of spray cans, hues and techniques of painting to choose from.
The Kingspray Graffiti Simulator VR not only looks uber cool, it lets one pick the stage where they will be standing while doing the artwork. The player can also choose the light and weather conditions. The app even has a "flashlight at night in a train yard" option which is pretty neat. One paints on realistic surfaces, which makes the experience quite authentic.
"Spray on realistic surfaces with drips. Choose from a range of outlines to paint, or use your own!" says the company's website.
Physically, the controls on the Kingspray Graffiti Simulator VR bear a semblance to those on the Tilt Brush. However, the major difference is that in the former all the artwork is done via a spray paint can, which makes things quite versatile.
The app is essentially a great tool for simulating a graffiti painting experience. Instead of physically painting a mural on a wall, one is testing out the idea in a virtual environment - and you don't even spend any money on the paints or get in trouble! It will also be a great tool for budding graffiti artists who are looking to hone their spray-painting skills.
The Kingspray Graffiti Simulator VR is not yet available, but the creators are optimistic that it will be ready for release on SteamVR in a few days.
"The game will be available via SteamVR next week. We will be posting another update when it's dropped," confirmed King Spray on May 7.
Whether the app will be better than the Tilt Brush remains to be seen. Meanwhile, check out the video from King Spray, which shows how some of the features will work.