Truly immersive virtual reality (VR) titles can transport users around the world in seconds. Former research academic Dr Eric Fassbender has been finding that out with his Virtual Relaxation Atmosphaeres, a series of 360 degree videos for viewing in head-mounted displays (HMDs) that deliver users to soothing locations. In the past the series has taken viewers to Blowhole Beach in Australia. This week sees the release of Fassbender’s latest project, Ireland VR, offering 30 minutes of picturesque scenery from across the country.
Ireland VR is available now from Fassbender’s official website and is compatible with the Oculus Rift as well as smartphone-based HMDs such as Samsung’s Gear VR and the Zeiss VR One. Users can view either a 30 minute video with 25 scenes in which they can look around as if they were there, or take in a shorter 15 minute version with 12 scenes. Scenes include the Torc waterfall and the Cliffs of Moher as well as views of lakes and castles. Instead of using music, the piece simply relies on the sounds of nature to relax users.
The video was shot over the course of one week and then edited and stitched together. Fans can download either a 4K version, ideally for use with Gear VR and other high-powered smartphones, or a 2K version for the Oculus Rift and other, lower-powered handsets. Note that downloading the video straight to a smartphone won’t work; users will have to download to a desktop computer and then copy the video over to a handset for use with smartphone-based HMDs.
Those interested can currently use the code EARLYSUPPORTERS at the checkout to pick Ireland VR up for $10.49 USD over the usually price of $14.99. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with the latest updates on them.