Mar 152017
 

Hatsune Miku has been opening the gateway for many new topics of interest in technology for Vocaloid fans, and one of those recent interests has been the rise in virtual reality technologies. With the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and even simple phone-powered HMDs (head mounted displays), VR is everywhere these days. But it’s still in its infancy, while developers and game companies experiment to figure out what will truly make VR a staple in the modern gaming world.

A group of talented developers and devoted Miku fans in Japan have figured that the best way to enjoy the world of virtual reality is with our favorite virtual idol (Miku of course!). At last year’s Snow Miku, the team showed off a simple VR demo with the Oculus Rift, where you could have your picture taken with Snow Miku. As simple as this demo was, it put the biggest smile on my face, and was one of the standout moments of my visit to Snow Miku 2016.

When I saw the team had returned to Snow Miku 2017 with yet another demo, this time with Oculus Touch controls, I knew I would be in for another treat. This time they were presenting an all new Snow Miku demo called “Miku Tsuku”, which means “Making Miku”. The demo booth was so popular, there was over an hour estimated wait time. While waiting, I spoke to some of the staff to learn about the demo. The demo was developed in a matter of just 3 weeks with a team of 5~6 people. That was truly impressive!

After observing other players, and having the staff explain the run down on the game controls, it was soon my turn to jump back into the virtual reality world.

Miku Tsuku Gameplay Demo

In Miku Tsuku, you are presented with a desk with a figure-sized Snow Miku and various objects scattered around you. The purpose of the demo is to decorate the stage with the various objects, as well as position the Snow Miku figure (which is actually alive and watching you!) however you like. At any time, you also have the ability to instantly shrink down in size and join Snow Miku on the stage by tapping the smart watch that’s on your left hand inside the game. There is a sudden shock and surprise when you do this for the first time, and the feeling of having Miku right there in front of you… It’s truly surreal.

The interactive experience was so joyful and fun, the 5:35 time limit felt like it passed too quickly before I could try everything that I wanted to do. Like the previous year, I was left with the biggest smile on my face once my turn was finished, and I had nothing but praise for the developers of Miku Tsuku. I also played with the rhythm VR game presented by Crypton themselves, as well as the Google Tango AR demo. But neither of these could compare to the marvelous experience of Miku Tsuku.

 

The team of Miku Tsuku is hopeful that there will be interest and support from fans to help encourage further development of this idea, along with a release on Oculus and Steam stores, and other platforms. I hope they succeed, and that many more Hatsune Miku fans will be introduced to the world of VR. I can really see this concept going somewhere in the future, and Hatsune Miku will help lead the way.

Mar 082017
 

Also released today for Miku Day (3/9) is a new Hatsune Miku V4X model by REMmaple for MikuMikuDance! The model beautifully recreates every detail of the original design by iXima, and is available for free download from the link below. Be sure to follow the usage guidelines outlined in the ReadMe file!

Model Download: http://seiga.nicovideo.jp/seiga/im6541444

You can also follow REMmaple at these pages!

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/REMmaple
Deviantart:
http://remmaple.deviantart.com/art/REM-s-Hatsune-Miku-V4X-DOWNLOAD-667843045

Mar 082017
 

Happy Miku Day (3/9), everyone! In celebration of this day, Sorasu Software has rereleased the hugely popular Hatsune Miku AR camera app Mikuture to the iOS and Google Play app stores with a large version 3.0 update!

What’s New in Version 3.0.0

Update UI.
Update character.
Update shadow.
Add rotation switch button.
Add hand controller.
Add bloom & chroma key effect.
Add Load image front, back offset.
Corresponds to alpha images.

These updates allow for even more control and realistic lighting and shadow effects, and a much wider character selection for your pictures! Download it for free below on the iOS and Google Play app stores, and happy shooting! And be sure to follow the app’s usage guidelines.

Mikuture for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/mikucha/id897505300
Mikuture for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sorasu.armiku (Might still say “beta”, please allow some time for Google Play to update the download page)

Dec 072016
 

At the recent Miku Expo in Shanghai, China, a new Hatsune Miku mobile game titled “Dreamy Vocal” was demoed publicly for the first time. News of the game came late last month, but was somehow overlooked by a lot of the overseas fanbase until recently.

From the people who played it, the game apparently borrows design ideas from Love Live! and Idol Master. It is being developed by Black Sugar Studio, a Chinese game company, in close collaboration with Crypton Future Media. Besides being a rhythm game, features such as online player interaction and battle modes (multiplayer) are confirmed, and the expected costume customization features.

The game is expected to launch later this month for both Android and iOS platforms. It’s rumored be a free to play game, with a microtransaction store. Pre-registrations are currently open, although it seems not all phone numbers work (mine did, but it didn’t work for another friend). This is not required to play the game, however. It’s also unknown if the game will be region locked to China.

Hatsune Miku Dreamy Vocal Official Site: http://miku.0708.com/

Below are some videos of the game demo at Miku Expo in Shanghai! The game will also be demoed at Miku Expo in Beijing this weekend. Stay tuned for further news!

Dec 042016
 

Following the announcement of Hatsune Miku’s Chinese voicebank development, the first Chinese demo song has been played at a panel at Miku Expo in Shanghai, China. Our partner site VNN was able to capture a sample of the demo. Check it out below!

Barring the reduced quality of the recording, what do you guys think of it?