This week has seen another successful Kickstarter campaign for software using the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. VR2Space, the upcoming VR experience from Dr. Aaron Knoll and his team at the Surrey Space Centre, has passed its crowd funding campaign, raising £5,386 GBP to help develop and release the experience. The experience had set an initial goal of £5,000. VR2Space is now expected to launch on both PC and smartphones in May 2015.
The title offers players a chance to experience a virtual trip to space. The developers will attach 12 HD video cameras to a weather ballon that will carry them up to a 30km altitude before falling back to earth. On the cameras have been collected, the footage will be stitched together and users will be able to use an Oculus Rift as well as a standard PC monitor or a smartphone to watch the footage captured with full control over the camera.
A schedule for development reveals that the actual footage is due to be shot this month, with a backup attempt set for September 2014 if it is needed. From October onwards the team will work on creating the experience before launching it in May 2015. The Oculus Rift version of the experience will be compatible on PC, Mac and Linux when it launches. VRFocus will continue to follow VR2Space, reporting back with any more updates on the project’s progress.