New To VR: ATLASrift Takes You Inside Part Of The Large Hadron Collider

After a week of events with the Eurogamer Expo and of course all the news out of Oculus Connect 2 it is time to settle back into our more regular features which of course means a day beginning with another example of New To VR.


When it comes to the discovery of science there is no greater feat of engineering than that of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. It is both the world’s largest and most powerful, particle collider and the most complex facility ever built by man. We’ve seen lots of aspects of it on television since it was first powered on back in 2009 but now thanks to a new virtual reality (VR) app we have a chance to peek inside one of the detectors that line the 27 kilometre tunnel.

Developed by Ilija Vukotic ATLASrift takes you on a virtual trip through the ATLAS detector. ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the LHC and that which is focusing on the forces behind the creation of the universe. ATLAS was involved in the discovery of Higgs boson particle for instance.It is hoped that ATLASrift will help educate people as to what the detector does, allowing people to get inside the machine and see just what is involved in making it work.

You can see a video preview below:

Now a part of (the soon to be renamed) Oculus VR Share, you’ll require an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) DK2 in order to view the expereince.

VRFocus will return tomorrow with another new item. Will it be a videogame, an educational simulation such as this or something else entirely? Join us then to find out.