Exploring the tallest point on the planet is now easier than ever. After previously launching for the HTC Vive, the Everest VR app is now available for owners of the Oculus Rift headset for $14.99. The app can be purchased and downloaded now from the Oculus Store.
Like the Vive version, Everest VR for the Rift allows owners to experience what it might be like to clime up and stand on top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, but without all that bad stuff like freezing to death or not having enough oxygen to breath. The app was created by Sólfar Studios and RVX, and includes the use of 300,000 real photos that were taken at the mountain itself, which were later integrated into the app using Unreal Engine 4.
For its release on the Rift, the Everest VR app adds support for the Oculus Touch controllers. It also includes some new content that is not presently available for the Vive version, including a way to walk though the paths of 18 historical expeditions to Everest. Each of these trails will include information about these expeditions that can be viewed in a museum-like mode. Finally, the Rift version adds what’s called God Mode. No, you won’t be a deity, but you will be able to look over the entire mountain range, either in human size or at 1500x scale.
The developers plan to add these content updates to the Vive version of Everest VR at some point, and the app will eventually be released for Sony’s PlayStation VR headset. All in all, we think apps such as Everest VR are an example of how virtual reality can be used to offer an experience that is much different, and definitely far more immersive, than just watching a video of someone scaling the mountain.