IBM Japan is Sponsoring a Virtual Reality Project – Sword Art Online: The Beginning

  • With all the innovations happening in the 21st century, there is no doubt that the things we just used to imagine are one by one starting to become reality. One of the best innovations to mention, though, is how the gaming scene has changed throughout the years.

    With virtual reality now in the grasp of consumers, gaming has leveled-up and many are expecting to have a great gameplay from many titles. Now if you are familiar with the popular SAO or Sword Art Online, then you might have a guess where this is heading! And if you have no idea about SAO, then you better catch up because SAO’s Virtual Reality Project is coming soon!

    Sword Art Online (Game background story only: no spoilers!)

    The story of SAO revolves around the players of the Virtual Reality MMORPG Sword Art Online which is released in the year 2022. Using the NerveGear, a helmet-like device, players are able to control their characters in the game using their five senses. The gamers found that they are trapped and unable to log out of the game and can only do so if they reach the 100th floor of the game’s castle and defeat its final boss. If the players’ character dies in-game, they die in real life as well.

    Sword Art Online: The Beginning

    Sword Art Online: The Beginning, a project that aims to put Sword Art Online into virtual reality, has been announced by IBM Japan and the project will be using the next generation systems known as “Cognitive System” and “SoftLayer”. Cognitive System supports human decision-making actions while SoftLayer is IBM’s high-performance cloud system that produces the feel of the real world.

    The official website launched on February 22nd is currently taking applications for alpha testers. The participants’ scanned 3D models will be used as avatars in-game for the virtual reality world. A total of 208 participants will be accepted and the launch of the special event will take place from March 18th to 20th in Tokyo.

    *The official website seems to be closed permanently.

    Many of us dreamed of experiencing the same game shown in Sword Art Online and when the first news of virtual reality gaming was revealed, SAO was the first thing that popped into my mind. Thanks to IBM Japan, the project is taking its first steps into bringing SAO into reality and I’m sure many of us are looking forward to it! Now the only thing they need to make sure of is to put the logout option on the menu!

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