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Garden of the Sea v. 1.0 just launched - and the nice PCVR graphics are back!

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Launch trailer:



Not long ago the devs questified the game - thus turned the PCVR version into what looked like a Quest port - removing grass, high-poly trees and all dynamic shadows. 


Now the nice graphics are back 😃



Get the game here:


Interesting that even Oculus is now directing customers to Steam 🤔 - instead this game should have been in the Rift Store too, but it is not:


"There are few things in video games as relaxing as watching a colorful garden of plants and flowers bloom under the digital sun. Garden of the Sea from Neat Corporation is a lovely VR take on classic gardening and farming games full of simple (but responsive) interactions to build out a lovely, bright garden across tiny and cute little islands. You can till the soil and sprout happiness on PC VR via Steam and Quest 2 starting today for $24.99."



After spending some time with the new version, I am enjoying it. Great thanks to the devs for bringing back the great light and shadows.

Index finger tracking is working perfectly - that's great too.

Earlier the Steam version did not support native Oculus drivers - but you don't need a fast gpu for this game. I'm getting solid 90 fps using res 500% - that's about 45 million pixels per frame for both eyes with the Index (2 x 4500 x 5000 pixels) - so surely devs can add even more details without having GTX 1060 owners complaining about bad performance.


Some shots - also this may be a great game for supervised kids:







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"Ask not what VR can do for you, but what you can do for VR"


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Btw, if some want to see the original version with the high-polygon trees, it's here:



Maybe some might consider it amusing that I'm posting about this simple game - knowing I care much more for the most advanced VR experiences like Lone Echo 2 and Alyx. But Garden of the Sea is close to my favorite app/game for relaxing - you can really not do anything but to enjoy yourself in that game. 


Exchanging the beautiful trees with dead low-poly trees was a big deal - and the loss of all real-time shadows - so I'm happy that the devs did listen to the many complaints. 


Compared to the original version the high-poly trees have been trimmed, but there're now 2-3 more islands to explore - and the real-time lighting does look better than ever. 

Valve Index & Oculus Rift CV1, Asus Strix OC RTX™ 3090, i9-10900K (5.3Ghz), 32GB 3200MHz, 8TB
"Ask not what VR can do for you, but what you can do for VR"

Level 15

Been enjoying the game - it's like a smaller adventure/puzzle game. And nice to get out and get some sun for a change 😎 😄


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Sunlight brings dynamic shadows and nice reflections in the water


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Just to show again that the detailed shadows and the grass are back - but only in the PC version


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View distance is nice - but I'm still getting 90 fps using Index res 500% (45 mill pixels per frame for both eyes) - so the RTX 3090 is on holiday too 😉


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This is just to show the transparent water - see the bottom of the boat is under the water?



Just a nice image - and what's shown in the water aren't reflections but vegetation below the the surface


The game consists of acquiring items, which can be transformed to solve puzzles. Some puzzles do require a bit of thinking - even if the game looks simple, it may be too hard for young kids - but may be great fun for teenager and adults - and for kids receiving help by a teenager or adult. 

The graphics kinda remind me of some early Zelda game - but with no fighting. 


Btw, some time ago I talked to a very depressed lawyer, who had been considering suicide more than once. He told me, to escape from worries he would often close his eyes and imagine being alone on an island. With Garden of the Sea we can now get our own islands to stimulate positive thoughts and to relax 😉 - can't think of a much better way for escapism. And I do believe that such games may work wonders for the soul, stress reduction and quality of life. 

Valve Index & Oculus Rift CV1, Asus Strix OC RTX™ 3090, i9-10900K (5.3Ghz), 32GB 3200MHz, 8TB
"Ask not what VR can do for you, but what you can do for VR"