Over the last few months VRFocus has been reporting on multi-platform media company, Fusion Media, collaborating with NASA on the virtual reality (VR) project, Mars 2030. Fusion has now revealed it has also partnered with Nvidia on the experience, which was shown at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) yesterday.
Mars 2030 got its showcase at the keynote speech by Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun. He was joined by personal computing pioneer Steve “Woz” Wozniak who remarked about the VR experience: “Oh my gosh, this is going to be incredible for whoever actually gets to travel to Mars!”
“As a part of FUSION’s commitment to innovative storytelling, we are always looking for unique ways to take our audience to interesting places,” said Julian Reyes, lead VR producer at FUSION. “We are thrilled that NVIDIA’s latest technologies, combined with what NASA has planned for the next frontier of space exploration, will allow us to push visual boundaries, convincing users that they are 141 million miles away from home on the surface of Mars.”
“One in a billion people alive today will get to visit Mars, so this is for the rest of us,” said Zvi Greenstein, general manager of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA. “Mars 2030 is being created as a true to life experience, while aiming for the highest visual fidelity possible in VR today, something only NVIDIA technology can deliver.”
The VR experience is due to arrive on head-mounted displays (HMDs) this year, with support confirmed for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Gear VR and Google Cardboard.
VRFocus will continue to bring you the latest updates on Mars 2030 as announcements are made.