Author Topic: VR2Space: a new VR experience that simulates a balloon ride to 30 km  (Read 1618 times)

Offline aaron.knoll

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We've been working on a VR software project at the Surrey Space Centre (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/ssc/) to simulate a ride to an altitude of 30 km using panoramic footage from a high altitude weather balloon.  While it's admittedly quite a way from being "in space", the view is still pretty cool (with a definitively black sky). 

We'd love to get some feedback on the project from space enthusiasts.  You can find information here: http://www.infinite-void.co.uk

Update Jan. 10th, 2017:  Free demo available here http://infinite-void.co.uk/Download.php

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Online Jarnis

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Sounds cool, but demerits for false advertising. 30km ain't "Space" around here. 100km+ or you're going to get called on it. Even after 100km, someone is bound to complain if it is not combined with enough velocity sideways :)

"Edge of Space" is the term that is often used for such high altitude antics that stay well below 100km.
« Last Edit: 01/04/2017 08:10 PM by Jarnis »

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Yeah, and I completely agree.  We did agonize over the name for some time, but "VR2Space" just had such a nice ring to it; as opposed to "VR2NearSpace"  :-)

Worth mentioning that our original concept was to fly panoramic cameras on a CubeSat.  We work for the Surrey Space Centre after all, and we have quite a number of actual satellites that we've flown successfully through the years.  However, the High Altitude Balloon approach brought the project budget within the realms of funding we could raise via KickStarter.

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In response to a number of queries regarding Steam Greenlight voting: Unfortunately, Steam restricts voting privileges to existing Steam users who've already paid at least $5 for games on this platform.  So, if you are a new user to Steam, then you won't be able to cast your vote.  It makes sense to prevent fraudulent voting from occurring, but disappointing news for people who've recently signed up to Steam who can't cast their vote.

In any case, many thanks for the support and please continue to spread the word :-)

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Great news everyone.... we've added a free demo to our website to let people try the game.  You can find the download link here: http://infinite-void.co.uk/Download.php

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The VR2Space software has been officially release today on the Oculus store. Check it out:
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1519853484708702/

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I'm happy to say that the mobile version of the VR2Space software has been officially released on the Google Play Store. Check it out:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.InfiniteVoidLtd.VR2Space

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We now have an official release date on Steam of August 16th, 2017!  Big thanks to everyone who helped get VR2Space greenlit!  Our Steam page is now active, and marked as coming soon.  Check it out: http://store.steampowered.com/app/680560/VR2Space/

As an 'insider tip'... Steam will apply a 20% discount to the store price during the first week to encourage sales, so be sure to take advantage of that if you are considering buying the app.

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VR2Space is now live on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/680560/VR2Space/

Be sure to purchase before August 23rd, 2017 to take advantage of the 20% discount.

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