Crytek VR Tech Demo ‘Back To Dinosaur Island’ Now Available For Free

Posted 11 months ago

As of today, Crytek’s virtual reality tech demo ‘Back to Dinosaur Island’, is now available for free on Steam.

Crytek announced this today on their website. The VR tech demo is the foundation for the upcoming PS4 VR title ‘Robinson: The Journey’, which was shown off during Sony’s press briefing in Paris last month.

Available for download today, Crytek has released virtual reality tech demo Back to Dinosaur Island for free. Achieved with CRYENGINE, Back to Dinosaur Island debuted publicly at GDC 2015 in San Francisco, earning widespread acclaim from press and attendees, and this is the first time players can experience it for themselves outside of a games industry event.


In Back to Dinosaur Island, players become the eyes and ears of a baby dinosaur in a nest. Surrounded by dinosaur eggs, players are immersed in a beautifully rendered 3D jungle environment filled with lush vegetation and buzzing with life. Players interact with elements around them, including the eggs, a dragon fly and finally, will come face-to-face with an enormous dinosaur, experiencing a sense of scale and awe in a way that can only be achieved with virtual reality.

Crytek’s Director of Production, David Bowman, said: “Back to Dinosaur Island shows how intense, involving and rich virtual reality can be. Players will see a powerful dinosaur breathing inches from their face, getting an unprecedented sense of its immense scale. To watch this scene in 2D is impressive, but when you’re in virtual reality, it becomes more intimate, and more exciting – giving you a feeling of presence and a belief that you’re really right there in a way that no other medium can.”

The minimum system requirements for this VR tech demo can be found at the Steam gamehub:

Oculus Rift DK2 required 
OS: Windows 7, 8 or 10 (64bit)
 Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K CPU 3.40GHz
 Memory: 16 GB RAM
 Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 980 or AMD Radeon R9 290
 DirectX: Version 11
 Hard Drive: 2 GB available space

Back to Dinosaur Island has been built from the ground up to take advantage of the Oculus Rift HMD, and requires an Oculus Rift DK 2 device to run. Please check the System Requirements below- Virtual Reality games require a high frame rate to guarantee a comfortable experience for the user. Running Back to Dinosaur Island on weaker hardware can cause lower frame rates, which can lead to users having a less than ideal experience.

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