Students at City of Wolverhampton are ahead of the game after stepping into the world of virtual reality.

The college is one of the first in the country to be using cutting edge device Occulus Rift to help Games Design students develop ideas for virtual reality games.

The headset, which was only released a few months ago, is one of the first consumer-targeted virtual reality headsets. Gamers are able to pick up and manipulate virtual objects and interact within the game.

Lecturer David Walters said: “This is not a passive industry but is always moving forwards. Virtual reality is the future of games design so we have adapted our courses and purchased this equipment to reflect that and ensure our students are firmly at the forefront in learning new techniques and technologies.”

Curriculum manager Michael Dixon added: “These headsets sold out within 15 minutes when they first went on pre-order in January and we have been waiting several months for them to arrive.

“It’s very exciting and right at the top of the end of the innovative training we are doing in this department. This experience will put our students ahead of the competition when applying for jobs.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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