Climb the infamous Mount Everest virtually
While I don’t ever see myself climbing Mount Everest in real life, I was able to do the next best thing, reach the top of the world’s highest summit virtually, thanks to Everest VR. Developed by Solfar Studios, Everest VR brings the realism of climbing one of the most treacherous terrains in the world, from the safety of you own home, just make sure you move everything out of the way so that you have room to maneuver around.
The demo was split into a few short episodes, showcasing what is in store in the final version of the game. At the beginning of the demo, you find yourself riding inside a helicopter taking you to your destination. While inside the helicopter you can freely look around at some amazing scenery and breathtaking views which came together by combining 300,000 high-resolution photographs taken from many different locations around the mountain. As you find yourself looking around, you are also treated to some educational information about Everest and the surrounding areas until you finally reach the start of your adventure. That is right, the helicopter was only a taste of what’s to come.
After landing we had to tightrope walk across to the other side. Looking down it felt like an endless pit was below us and one wrong step could be fatal, but luckily it was east to remember we were really just walking on a carpeted floor. After reaching the other side, I began climbing up multiple ladders, held together to climb further up to the next area. While they say never look down, I couldn’t help but look around at all the beautiful scenery because I know I wouldn’t be falling.
Finally we reached the summit of Mount Everest. It was a short experience, but it was still something I’m looking forward to. While the climbing portion of the demo felt a little bit forced, Solfar Studios plans to include more experiences in reaching the top of the summit.It’s nice to see how far virtual reality has come in the last few years, with different developers and companies coming together to bring both a visual appeal and gaming element to this medium. To make Everest VR a reality,
It’s nice to see how far virtual reality has come in the last few years, with different developers and companies coming together to bring both a visual appeal and gaming element to this medium. To make Everest VR a reality, Solfar Studios teamed up with Visual effects studio RVX who previously worked on the 2015 movie, Everest, to bring the imagery, detail and sensations of reaching to top a reality.