I’m not a huge fan of VR. Not because I don’t like the technology, despite the fact that I do believe it has a ways to go in terms of visual fidelity. It’s more because I find the available content, for the most part, to be less-than compelling.
There’s Resident Evil on PlayStation VR, which is a fun experience. There’s also porn, but that’s a topic for another day. And, yes, there are a few other games and experiences that offer a nice sort of “wow” factor, but there isn’t anything that is making me want to drop a ton of cash on the hardware, and then strap a mask to my face just to reach around in virtual space for a me-too experience that could result in both nausea and injury.
That could all change though, now that Iceland-based VR studio Sólfar and visual effects house RVX released Everest VR, an interactive experience that takes you up the face of Mount Everest on the Oculus Rift VR and HTV Vive systems.
This is no passive experience. In Everest VR, you’ll be tasked with climbing sheer faces as ice falls in your face, making your way up tiny ladders and even using ice axes to make your way up cliffs. Input is all done via the Oculus Touch controllers, which you’ll use to manipulate gear including pulleys and harnesses just like a real climber would. Settings for the experience include Base Camp, the Khumbu Icefall, Camp Four, Hillary Step, Lhotse Face and of course the Summit.
If you just want to experience Everest, you can go into a free-roam option where you can simply cruise around the mountain at will, seeing it from various points of view.
The price is right, too, assuming you already have an Oculus or Vive system: $14.99 on Steam for the HTC Vive or it can be found on Oculus Home.