The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset has already been used to transport users to some surreal, relaxing and unsual places but a recent experience released by indie developer Elijah Flanders literally takes these concepts to new heights. Flanders has this week launched Horizon, a new VR experience for PC, onto the official Oculus VR Share Beta where it can be downloaded and played for free.
As the developer reveals, Horizon is an experimental piece of software based on ‘research into synaesthesia and uplifting trance in digital media’. Players find themselves flying in the sky, accompanied by a variety of whimsical creatures. An Xbox 360 controller can be used to play background chords as a music track plays over the top. Eventually the experience travels into space where players can enjoy even more sights and sounds.
Horizon was influenced by similar music-based and relaxing titles such as Flower, Rez and Child of Eden. Their influence is clear to see as players explore the birghtly-coloured, music-driven experience while looking around with the Oculus Rift. Flanders recommends players try the experience using a pair of headphones. Will VR see more of these types of experiences as the tech grows in popularity?
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