The space simulation genre has been a popular type of videogame to adapt for virtual reality (VR) technology over the past few years. The likes of EVE: Valkyrie, Star Citizen, Elite: Dangerous and Darkfield are all trying to create the most immersive sci-fi titles ever made. This week sees the launch of a demo for another hopeful space simulation experience in Discovering Space from indie developer SiPhi. The title features full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
Discovering Space is a first-person experience that allows players to pilot a purpose built spacecraft across space to discover new sights and record them using an on-board camera. As players journey across the solar system an on-board information display will teach them about their discoveries. The demo version is limited to space surrounding Earth and the Moon, although the full version grants access to the entire solar system.
The demo for Discovering Space can currently be downloaded for free on PC over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta. The full version of the title which includes new ships, a launch hangar, hidden objects and more is also available for $12.99 USD. Both versions feature full support for the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2). VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with the latest.