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Cloudhead Games is a pioneer in VR comfort, locomotion, and hand interactions.

From garage-hacker beginnings, Cloudhead was among the first to introduce the use of hand-tracking into VR with the Razer Hydra, a motion control system designed for use with traditional PC games. Following a suite of technical experiments and tech demos, Cloudhead garnered the attention of industry legend Valve and became one of the first developers for what would eventually become the HTC Vive.

As VR’s commercial release became imminent, Cloudhead committed to developing comfortable solutions for VR locomotion — a major point of friction for mainstream adoption. Cloudhead introduced Comfort Mode (now “snap turns”), to mitigate vection in hardware without positional tracking. After the dawn of roomscale, Cloudhead developed Blink Locomotion (now “teleport”), as a vection-less form of traversal intended for use in variable sized playspaces.

In 2016, Cloudhead became the first-ever developer to utilize VR performance capture, a method now used in major hollywood productions. Using VR, actors immerse themselves in the CG environments their characters appear in, allowing raw performance capture live within a CG scene.

Cloudhead’s innovations have led them to be selected as a partnered developer for VR hardware since 2013, producing technical demos for the reveals of HTC Vive, SteamVR Knuckles, and Valve Index.

Blink Teleportation

VR Performance Capture

VR Comfort Mode


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Nominee 2018 Technology Impact Awards 
– Startup of the Year

Nomination 2017 UploadVR Awards
– Best Developer of the Year

Nomination 2016 UploadVR Awards 
– Breakout VR Game Studio

Nomination 2016 UploadVR Awards
– Most Innovative VR Game

Winner 2016 Canadian Video Game Awards
– Best Technology

Winner 2016 Canadian Video Game Awards
– Best Game Innovation