If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

SFX studio Weta makes Hobbit Smaug VR demo for Oculus Rift

A real treasure.

As far as virtual reality experiences go, they don't get more pants-wetting than stepping into the shoes of a hobbit in the cavernous lair of Tolkien's dragon Smaug.

Parrrrrp.

That's exactly the experience Weta Digital, award-winning The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit special effects house, has recreated for the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype at GDC this week.

The experience is called Thief in the Shadows and borrows effects from the second Hobbit film, Desolation of Smaug. It uses Unreal Engine 4 and the mega-grunt of new Nvidia graphics card GTX Titan X.

Swarms of GDC attendees flocked to try the demo including VentureBeat, which wrote a report. It sounds tense, Smaug's presence eventually revealed as his giant eye dominates all you can see, and in incredible detail. Apparently the demo ran at 90 frames-per-second, making it silky smooth and convincing.

No word yet on whether Thief in the Shadows will be released to the general public. Fingers crossed.

Sore throat? Burning sensation?

Will you support Eurogamer?

We want to make Eurogamer better, and that means better for our readers - not for algorithms. You can help! Become a supporter of Eurogamer and you can view the site completely ad-free, as well as gaining exclusive access to articles, podcasts and conversations that will bring you closer to the team, the stories, and the games we all love. Subscriptions start at £3.99 / $4.99 per month.

Tagged With

About the Author

Robert Purchese avatar

Robert Purchese

Senior Staff Writer

Bertie is senior staff writer and Eurogamer's Poland-and-dragons correspondent. He's part of the furniture here, a friendly chair, and reports on all kinds of things, the stranger the better.

Comments

More News

Latest Articles

Supporters Only

Eurogamer.net logo

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer.net Merch