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Crytek’s dinosaur VR demo is now playable on Steam

Crytek’s “Back to Dinosaur Island” VR tech demo is now playable for free on Steam.

Dinosaurs are awesome, VR dinosaurs are especially awesome.

So with that being said, you might want to check out Crytek’s VR demo known as Back to Dinosaur Island.

The short and sweet tech demo is now available for download on Steam, and it won’t cost you a penny.

Running on Crytek’s Cryengine, the short tech demo was first shown off at the 2015 Game Developer’s Conference earlier this year.

It has been playable at a handful of public events, but now the prehistoric experience is available to anyone in possession of a VR headset.  

The demo is compatible with the Oculus Rift development kit 2 and newer VR devices.

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In Back to Dinosaur Island, you take on a role of a baby dinosaur, unable to move from your nest. As the demo progresses, a colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex will slowly approach you, which sounds pretty damn terrifying.

The demo is quite light on gameplay, but aims to provide a “sense of scale and awe in a way that can only be achieved with virtual reality,” according to Crytek.

“Back to Dinosaur Island shows how intense, involving and rich virtual reality can be,” said Crytek’s David Bowman.

“Players will see a powerful dinosaur breathing inches from their face, getting an unprecedented sense of its immense scale. To watch this scene in 2D is impressive, but when you’re in virtual reality, it becomes more intimate, and more exciting–giving you a feeling of presence and a belief that you’re really right there in a way that no other medium can.”

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Crytek announced Robinson: The Journey for Playstation VR during Sony’s Paris Games Week in October.

Robinson: The Journey will follow a young boy who seems to have crash landed on a strange planet filled with dinosaurs.

The title will debut on Playstation VR, and may come to other virtual reality devices in the future.

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