October 8th, 2015 – UK Starship, the UK-based innovation studio, today unveil a first glimpse of mobile social VR network, vTime, with the release of a new video and screenshots. Set for launch in November, vTime offers friends and family a compelling new way to spend quality time together in virtual reality.
Using just a smartphone and a VR headset, cross-platform network vTime allows users to meet-up and interact with people around the globe. Combining breath-taking virtual locations with intuitive and hands-free controls, vTime users can chat, enjoy music, and share images, videos, and spherical media in rich virtual environments. Running on 3G and 4G cellular networks as well as Wi-Fi, vTime transforms the smartphone into a passport to the metaverse.
vTime users are able to personalise their experience by customising the appearance of their avatar, hosting virtual meet-ups and creating friends lists. Newcomers can quickly expand their social circle and immerse themselves in engaging conversations through vTime Search, which focuses on matching users based on interests and trending topics.
Friends without a headset can still be a part of the conversation by using vTime Mono – a 2D window into the vTime metaverse through which they can interact and chat with other participants using a tablet. Users are also able to view live public exchanges happening within vTime through Spectate Mode, accessible through tablet, phone and PC.
“vTime brings social VR to virtually everyone, from virtually anywhere on virtually any device,” explains Starship CEO Martin Kenwright. “We’ve taken complex technology and made it simple, beautiful and accessible. Just download the vTime app, put on your headset, and you’re vTiming.”
The free and platform agnostic network will launch its open alpha to Android users in November. Compatible with multiple mobile headsets including Gear VR and Google Cardboard, Starship has opened a mailing list for those interested in being the first to experience the network.
Starship is a VR/AR Innovation company focused primarily on technologies, platforms and content-creation. Founded in 2013 in Liverpool, England, the studio is bolstered by a team that has collectively conceived or created more than 100 software products in the computer games/app sector.
In 2015, Starship’s work was recognised at the International Develop Awards, where previous release ‘Playworld’ was nominated for ‘Best New IP’ and Starship won the Award for ‘Best New Studio’. The company was also awarded a coveted ‘Rising Stars’ Award at the UK’s prestigious Northern Tech Awards and has been named as one of the Europe’s Top Tech Start-Ups in Metro alongside Raspberry Pi, Skytracker and Soundcloud.
Recognising the transformative market opportunity presented by VR/AR, Starship Group is using its platform agnostic and cutting-edge mobile technology to spearhead a move into mobile VR, producing high quality, innovative products such as CyberCook Taster for Samsung Gear VR and the forthcoming vTime for all mobile VR HMDs