Google's 3D VR Paint Tool 'Tilt Brush' Goes Open Source Today

Google's 3D VR Paint Tool 'Tilt Brush' Goes Open Source Today

Google have finally open sourced their immensely popular VR 3D art tool Tilt Brush today, opening the code to developers and modders around the world.

I must admit, I wasn't too familiar with Tilt Brush, Google's incredibly popular VR art application. The first time I came across the tool was when we reviewed Oculus' End Of Year Charts, where Tilt Brush by Google took the award for "Top Creativity Tool" on the Oculus store.

As it turns out, I was missing out on something BIG... Tilt Brush allows users to paint and create artwork in 3D, using various "brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire." According to the games description, "your palette is your imagination" and "the possibilities are endless."

While the tool began as a Vive exclusive tech demo, it moved to other VR platforms in early 2017 after Google hired the developers two years earlier. And now, to the delight of some and the horror of others, Google have added Tilt Brush to it's repository of open source software on Github.

Open sourcing Tilt Brush allows developers and modders to search through the source code, letting them integrate aspects of the program into their own software. In a message to UploadVR, virtual reality artist Rosie Summers described the action as "the greatest gift that Google could have done for the community".

We've known for some time that Google were looking to wind down support for Tilt Brush, with co-creator Patrick Hackett departing Google earlier this year. Since it launched Tilt Brush has become one of the go-to software for both VR artists and industry officials wanting to show off what VR is capable of.

So there we have it: Tilt Brush is becoming open source. Many fans will be sad to see the move, but as Patrick Hackett wrote as he announced his departure from the tech giant:

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Liam Noble Shearer

I am a VR reporter and commentator based in the far North of Scotland. I focus primarily on industry news & new releases, as well as writing editorials and reviews. Likes coffee, dislikes parsnips.

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