Playing Portal in Augmented Reality is Possible
Playing Portal in Virtual Reality is quite spectacular, but wait until you see the HoloLens version and you will be amazed.
A Developer Managed to Play Portal on the HoloLens
KennyW, an independent developer, was able to successfully port the basic rendering of Portal to be played on Microsoft’s HoloLens. The result is fantastic, but since this is just for trials there won’t be any puzzles to be solved. But you can see that the developers are having a lot of fun in his office moving all kinds of stuff through the portals.
Something that the HoloLens version of Portal definitely cannot do is enable players to get themselves into portals for an obvious reason, interdimensional portals don’t exist in real life. But the Augmented Reality Weighted Companion Cube behaves exactly as it would in the video game. It bounces off of real physical objects and tumbles down the stairs.
According to Kenny, making the game mechanics work on the HoloLens AR headset was simply a matter of rebuilding Portal inside the Unity engine. What we need now is someone able to tie the AR and VR versions together into an incredibly immersive Portal experience.