See that Demeo screenshot above? It’s the first floor of the game’s Roots of Evil campaign, sitting right on my picture table in my office, and it looks more real than I could have ever imagined.
I captured it on a Meta Quest Pro (opens in a new tab) while playing the game’s new Passthrough feature, which launched with the Quest Pro headset on October 25. It’s available for both the Quest Pro and the Quest 2, so if you don’t have $1,500 to spend on a new mixed reality headset this year, never fear, the Quest 2 is here to save your bacon.
If you decide to try it on the Quest 2, you’ll only have to deal with the black and white video passthrough versus the Quest Pro’s color video passthrough. This breaks the immersion a bit but is still a fun way to play the game.
To enable the new AR mode, head into the game’s settings (the little cog/cogwheel on the title screen), go to the Game section, then change Basement to AR. If you have a table or desk mapped to the quest – which is done in the Quest system settings under Guardian – Demeo will automatically move the game board to the table and resize it.
This is the latest free update in a long line of free updates for the hit virtual board game Dungeons & Dragons, players can bring the virtual table to any real surface in their home (or elsewhere) and play on the table like a real board game. Demeo will automatically resize the board to fit the table and even remove those nice virtual table sides in favor of the gaming world sitting right there on your very table.
Demeo plays largely the same in this mode as it does in other modes. At least the basics do. Each turn, you’ll move your characters up to two times and attack using the deck of cards in your hand. Enemies will also take a turn, so be sure to strategize to avoid disaster.
The big difference between the new passthrough mode and the usual Demeo gameplay is in the board itself. Unlike normal mode, where you can resize the board at will and show up for a close-up with each character or get a bird’s eye view of the table, the board in passthrough mode has a fixed size. That means you’ll have to stick your head in there to get a close-up of the action.
Check out this gameplay I recorded. Just be aware that there’s a weird fisheye effect in the recording that isn’t present when playing the game. It’s also cropped up really close and it looks like I’m almost stuck my head in the table. Don’t worry, that’s what the recording passthrough looks like right now. My head is fine.
Since this is the same virtual board that all players will see, you can activate the relay at the end of the game and continue playing with your remote friends without them having any problems. They also won’t see into your home since passing footage from your Quest’s cameras is private data.
The only reason you can see the room I’m playing in is because I plugged a cable into my PC and ran the screen casting feature from SideQuest (opens in a new tab)a popular free third-party app store full of useful tools for Quest owners, like this one!
Demeo has been on our best Quest 2 games (opens in a new tab) roster since its inception and it just keeps getting better. The game already has four major campaigns and more are on the way, all of which have been downloaded for free for players. You can even play on a flatscreen if VR doesn’t do it for you via the Steam version, though you’ll miss a substantial part of what makes Demeo so fun: the feeling that you’re actually sitting in a room with a group of friends playing epic board game.
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