State-of-the art Virtual Reality (VR) technologies designed for gaming offer new opportunities for social and economic benefits in their application to education. The REVEAL project will pioneer the use of mainstream PlayStation®VR technologies for innovative educational applications which engage world-wide audiences in the Europe’s rich historical and scientific heritage. Supported by the R&D team at Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), it will actively inform and map the processes and technologies required for SMEs to successfully bring new gamified VR applications to Sony’s online PlayStation®Store. The resulting technology and tools will provide an infrastructure for creating educational VR experiences and generate new business opportunities outside of traditional gaming activities on the PlayStation®4. In the process it will create inclusive narrative-driven VR experiences which improve the social and physical accessibility of cultural heritage and contribute to the digital preservation of historical sites.

The consortium will develop new Transferrable Technologies (yellow) based on the existing PhyreEngine game engine technology. This technology will support the easy development of Educational Virtual Reality Applications, published through the PlayStation Store and appropriate for use in Home, Classroom and Museum Exhibition environments. The Transferrable Technologies will be used to create two case-study example applications, designed and developed through a co-design process involving Game Developers, Educators and Heritage Sites. The Transferrable Technologies and Business Processes developed through this process will be publicised and distributed via the PlayStation DevNet and RAGE developer ecosystems.

The REVEAL project is funded under the European’s Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, and receives external project support from Sony Interactive Entertainment under the PlayStation First Academic Development Programme. “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. “PS4” and PlayStation VR are trademarks of the same company. All titles, content, publisher names, trademarks, artwork, and associated imagery are trademarks and/or copyright material of their respective owners. All rights reserved.