Virtual reality (VR) technology has been linked to treating phobias in the past though few developers have tackled a specific fear that many face in everyday life; arachnophobia, a fear of spiders. This month sees Ignis VR launch an experience carrying that same name that targets this issue. Arachnophobia is compatible with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and dares users to step out of their comfort zone when it comes to dealing with spiders.
Arachnophobia sits players at a seemingly normal desk with their hands laid out in front of them. Using the Oculus Rift it’s possible to look around the rather bland room, noticing a poster with information about spider bites on one wall. You might then notice the small spider that’s sitting in a closed jar in front of you. From there players can increase their exposure to spiders in levels. The second level adds two more spiders to the jar while a third sets two free across the table. Moving up from there will increase the amount and even size of some of the spiders.
This is clearly an experience designed to test player’s nerves. Arachnophobia can currently be downloaded for free over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta, where it is available on PC, though it’s not yet clear with a Mac or Linux release will happen. The title features full support for the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2). VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of the Oculus Rift, reporting back with all of the latest updates.