Virtual reality (VR) will be able to bring plenty of extreme sports to the comfort of the sofa in the future. This month a group of developers has released a demo for such an experience named Ascent. The demo allows players to experience first-person mountain climbing using the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD) and can currently be downloaded from the official Oculus VR Share Beta.
Rather than focus on a realistic simulation, the developers behind Ascent have instead created a more exaggerated title that allows players to live out the fantasy of mountain climbing. Using two ice axes players attempt to reach the peaks of snowy mountains, exploring caves and beautiful scenery as they go. The title uses satellite maps to recreate a number of different mountain faces.
Players should note that Ascent is designed to work with the Oculus Rift’s first development kit (DK1) and not its second (DK2). The second kit can still be used, but won’t include positional tracking. It’s not clear if the developers intead to add support for the later kit in the future. Details about the full release of the title are also yet to be revealed. VRFocus will continue to follow Ascent, reporting back with any further updates on it.