Developer Releases VR View of Yosemite National Park

xRez Studio has released an interesting new application for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset, which allows users to take in a full 360 degree view Yosemite National Park in California in a huge amount of detail. Users stands on the ‘Diving Board’ cliff edge that sits on the ‘Half Dome’ granite dome within the park. The experience, titled Yosemite Spyglass is free to download on both PC and Mac over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta.


Users can utilise the Oculus Rift’s head tracking technology to look around the environment and even zoom in to any area with ‘gigapixel detail’, allowing for close up views of much of the surrounding area. According to the developer this mode overs 3.5 times the level of detail the human view is capable of taking in. You can even freeze frames for inspection, as the developer reasons that it is difficult to hold your head still enough to actually inspect the image.

The project was created in collaboration with Art + Science Labs and is powered by the GigaEngine. An iOS version of the application is also available for iPad over on xRez’s official site, with users pinching the screen to zoom in to areas. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR and bring you the latest on them.