Google’s Painting App ‘Tilt Brush’ is Coming to Oculus Quest
Google’s intuitive painting app Tilt Brush is already available in various platforms but users have so far had to rely on wired virtual reality headsets which dampen the creative experience and freedom. Now users will be able to enjoy the painting app with a wireless headset without the cord problem, thanks to the inclusion of the app in Facebook’s upcoming Oculus Quest virtual reality headset.
This was revealed today via a Facebook post where the Google outlined the series of changes that it has made to the Tilt Brush for the Oculus Quest mobile and unbounded hardware.
In porting the painting app to Oculus Quest, Google focused on the performance improvements to the app experience. Google product manager Elisabeth Morant has said that some of the product decisions that the tech giant had made earlier on in the initial phases of the product had made it possible for them to score some early performance advantage during the transition to Quest.
Tilt Brush users will get similar core experiences on the standalone cord-free Quest without worrying about getting entangled in the cables or wiring as they go about painting their 3D masterpieces in virtual reality.
The painting app has been one of the most popular virtual reality apps on multiple headsets since its launched on HTC Vive in 2016. The Tilt Brush app was initially developed by a small startup but was eventually acquired by Google in 2015. In 2017, the VR app was added to the Oculus Rift headset. Given its wide popularity in a number of headsets, the app could be device seller in the coming years.
Google has however admitted that there were certain technical challenges associated with porting Tilt Brush to a less powerful non PC-bound device. You won’t get the perfect replica of the experience that you would get on the PC so there will obviously be some trade-offs. In spite of this, the final product wouldn’t be that radically different from the Tilt Brush on PC-based virtual reality headsets. Google says that Tilt Brush on Oculus Quest will feel and look pretty the same as in Oculus Rift except for a few minor tweaks.
There are certain whiz-bang effects that you certainly won’t find in the VR rendering of the app. Additionally, you won’t be seeing a similar outline effect and the bloom effect will fade as your painting project gets more complex. For the VR app, Google has also truncated some of the PC-specific features of the app like the Audio Reactive mode. The new modifications are geared at creating a smooth and seamless experience for users. The last thing you would want to grapple with while creating your cool art is some stuttering.
The app will be available later this spring, just about the same time when the Oculus Quest headset will be rolling out into the market. The addition of Tilt Brush alongside popular titles such as Beat Saber and Vader Immortal means that the standalone Oculus Quest headset will have an impressive lineup titles when it finally gets to the market this spring.