Based in Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada
June 25, 2019
These aren't your Daddy's hands. These aren't even your hands. These are precision-tuned sensor-rich re-imaginings of your hands, presented in high-fidelity simulated reality. If you've always longed to try these exciting edge-of-your-wrist hand maneuvers, but wanted the chance to practice first in the safety of a non-judgmental virtual world, Aperture Hand Lab is easily in the top three options currently available to you in VR. You didn’t read that wrong! This game is present in the bowl of ape nature! Hold on, we did read that wrong! But you didn’t, Reading Champ! This game takes place in Aperture Science, home to the modestly popular Portal games your daddy used to play! But this isn’t your daddy’s game! (Return to top.)
With the upcoming launch of the next-generation Valve Index virtual reality headset and controllers, veteran VR developer Cloudhead Games was tasked with showcasing the hardware's exclusive features, including finger tracking and pressure sensitivity, set in the depths of Aperture Labs.
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- "So far, nothing has matched those opening moments with Aperture Hand Lab, a demo that shows off what the new controllers can do."
- Nathan Grayson, Kotaku
- "A perfect little intro to how the [Valve Index] controls work."
- Scott Stein, CNET
- "It was like I was experiencing virtual reality for the first time.."
- Devindra Hardawar, Engadget
About Cloudhead Games
Cloudhead Games is the veteran VR studio behind Pistol Whip, VR "Game of the Year" winner at DICE 2020, and the fantasy adventure trilogy The Gallery, winner of over 30 awards and nominations including "VR Game of the Year'' in 2018. Before Pistol Whip, Cloudhead collaborated with industry-legend Valve to create Aperture Hand Lab, a humorous tech demo set in the Portal universe, for the next-gen Valve Index. Always innovating, Cloudhead Games is also known for its early solutions in VR locomotion/comfort with "Snap Turns" and "Teleportation,” as well as VR motion capture and hand interactions.
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