Have You Ever Felt The Desire To "See" Music? Harmonix's Newest Game Will Let You Do Just That

Harmonix - known as the developer behind the immensely popular Rock Band - has something very, very exciting in the works. See, as some of you may know, Samsung and Oculus VR are pairing up to create a little something known as the Gear VR. Available for preorder at $249, the Gear is unique in that it's optimized to be used with a Smartphone, specifically the Galaxy Note 4. 

So, yeah. It's a fully functional virtual reality headset designed for smartphones. That's pretty cool, right?

You haven't even heard the best part yet. Let's get back to what Harmonix has planned for the Gear VR. It's a new game called Harmonix Music VR.

How it works is (deceptively) simple. Using Harmonix's proprietary Music Analysis Engine, Harmonix Music VR generates audio events based on whatever the player happens to be listening to at the time. Although it's not yet clear what these 'events' entail, Harmonix has assured everyone that they'll be fully interactive. End result?

You'll actually get to 'see' your music. Not only that, you get to manipulate and toy with it as you see fit. The aim of this project, says the studio, is to create a "musically responsive environment" in which players can connect with their favorite songs in a never-before-seen fashion. Now, at this point, there's something worth mentioning - software that generates gameplay based on audio isn't really anything new. 

We've seen projects like this one before. 

What makes Harmonix's project unique, then, is that it's developed in a virtual reality context. It's far more about immersion than anything we've seen so far. What that means, I hope, is that it'll be possible for owners of the game to literally "lose themselves" in their music; to explore environments every bit as beautiful (or dark) as whatever song they happen to have on play at the time. 

I guess we'll just have to wait and see what they produce, right? 

I've faith that they'll develop something worthwhile, myself. They aren't exactly known for their low-quality products, after all. I've lost track of the number of nights I whittled away playing Rock Band with friends, and Dance Central is a pretty fantastic example of what motion control technology can and should be used for.  Besides that, they've already found some success with this sort of thing before - just look at Amplitude.

Anyway, we're getting a bit off track. Let's refocus.

Talk of the new project hit the public eye earlier this week, when publicist Nick Chester tweeted that his studio was "developing software" for Samsung's Gear VR. This was followed up with a tweet by Harmonix's Dawn Rivers; "I can't wait for folks to see the crazy project I've been on at Harmonix for Samsung's Gear VR." 

Sadly, we don't have a solid release date for Harmonix Music VR - all we know is that it's going to be hitting store shelves later this year, possibly launching in tandem with the Gear VR. Speaking of that, you can preorder one here, if you desperately want one. Me, I'm going to hold out for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift. They can't delay that forever, right?