Saturday, May 28, 2011

U.S. Army Building New Virtual Reality Training System Using Crysis 2 Engine

Army simulator

The United States Army already has a videogame, America's Army, it uses as a recruiting tool. It's now turning to videogames once again to create a virtual reality training simulator. The price? $57 million.

Much of that cost is going towards equipment costs, according to a GamePro report. Kinect wasn't deemed to be "there yet, but it is getting closer" by Floyd West of Intelligent Decisions, a tech company responsible for the new Dismounted Soldier Training System. "There are different types of camera-based systems out there in the market, but they're not able to track a squad of four guys individually, which is what we do with our simulator," he said. Shooting weapons is done with the use of what's described as a joystick.

The system will be built on CryEngine 3 from Crytek, the same engine used to power Crysis 2. The goal is to create an incredibly realistic simulator for up to four soldiers to train in simultaneously, with each getting a 10-by-10-foot area to move around in while wearing a backpack with a high-end gaming laptop in it. They'll also wear a display on their helmets that leaves them still able to see to the sides. Soldiers and trainers can participate either as soldiers or other roles, like civilians or enemy combatants.

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