McLaren F1 team launches VR headset with games

The McLaren Formula 1 team has launched a special edition virtual-reality headset and racing game in conjunction with technology giant HTC.

McLaren F1 team launches VR headset with games

McLaren and HTC kicked off their partnership in May this year and on Friday revealed a limited-edition HTC VIVE Pro device ahead of this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

A custom rFactor 2-based version of McLaren sim racing has been produced that will enable users to race classic cars from the British team’s history.

There is also a simulation game where players can be part of the McLaren pit crew, and this includes a ‘pitstop challenge’ that is multiplayer.

Alvin Wang Graylin, HTC’s China president, said the intention was to give fans a “unique experience that can’t be had watching on television”.

“That’s where the future is going,” Graylin said of combining virtual reality with sim racing.

“It’s not just people using a keyboard to play games, it’s getting the full feel of being an athlete.”

The Vive Pro VR headset is used by McLaren’s official ‘Shadow Project’ initiative, which is a follow-up to last year's World's Fastest Gamer contest and offers the winner a spot on its eSports team in 2019.

McLaren’s Shadow Project finals will take place at the McLaren Technology Centre on January 14-17 2019.

McLaren Formula 1 team and HTC, special edition virtual-reality headset and racing game launch

McLaren Formula 1 team and HTC, special edition virtual-reality headset and racing game launch

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