It was back in April 2015 that The Farm 51 announced it was creating an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience for the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Then in July this year the Chernobyl VR Project launched for Oculus Rift on the early access section of Oculus Home. The studio has always said it would support other VR platforms with HTC Vive being the next, and now that support has finally arrived.
The Chernobyl VR Project can be found on Steam and Oculus Home for the same price of £10.99 GBP, and with the support update also comes new content which is also available for Oculus Rift as a free update.
This updated edition includes a wealth of new and improved content, including higher quality 360-degree movies, new narrations and interviews, and more realistic environments including better sounds and glass. Chernobyl VR Project on HTC Vive also includes Steam Controller support and optimizations for increased player comfort.
“Chernobyl VR Project began with the simple plan of bringing people into the Exclusion Zone, but over time it has grown into something much more personal as we find new stories to be told and places to be explored. This is not the end of Chernobyl VR Project. Plans are already in place to visit the area again to collect even more footage and bring more of the area’s history to life later this year,” said The Farm 51.
The experience uses a mixture of advanced 3D scans of locations and buildings, spherical photography, stereoscopic videos, augmented reality solutions and photogammetry, to capture the nuclear power station that went into meltdown in 1986 and the nearby town of Pripyat where the majority of the plants workers lived, which had to be abandoned within 36 hours.
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