You Will Be Able To Walk Around Mars With PlayStation VR & Oculus Rift

NASA has teamed up with Fusion Media, MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory, and a team of ex-Irrational Games developers to create a new virtual reality experience in which you will be able to visit Mars.

It will launch, for free, on Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, and Samsung Gear, and as it is being developed on Unreal Engine 4, it will also be ported to PlayStation VR and HTC Vive.

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“At the end of the first day of development we had a shared project environment with players able to walk and drive around terrain based on real Martian altimetry data from the University of Arizona’s HiRISE project,” said designer Justin Sonnekalb. “Being able to get the fundamentals down so quickly is crucial for having the time and space to really bring Mars to life and create a truly immersive experience.”

There will be series of mini-missions that occur within the Mars habitat as well as on the planet’s surface, and you will be able to walk and drive the Mars rover across the surface of the planet. Further details will be announced during a panel at South by Southwest 2016.

Erin Mahoney, senior communications manager at NASA, makes a really interesting point in the press release. With a manned Mars mission planned for 2030 the chances are the astronauts for that mission are in school right now, so they could get the first glimpse of their destination this year, via VR, in their classroom. It’s a bit of a mindbend, but rather cool!

Source: Unreal

2 Comments

  1. It would be amazing if they used real Mars footage instead of what looks like CGI.

  2. Man,I am so ready for PS VR!

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