The Grand Canyon is generally acknowledged as being one of the most impressive natural wonders of the world, but few people will ever get the chance to appreciate it for themselves. Unless you have an Oculus Rift, of course.
It’s no secret that modern life can be deeply stressful for some people, so having a way to escape into more serene surroundings holds a certain appeal. For those who have access to an Oculus Rift headset, a relaxing kayak ride into the heart of the Grand Canyon will never be too far away with The Grand Canyon VR Experience.
Using an Oculus Touch motion controller, users will be able to climb aboard a motorised kayak, the speed of which is determined by the user. You can drift slowly down the Colorado river to admire the beauty of nature, with over two billions years of geological history exposed in the canyon walls.
User can choose to tour the canyon under a blazing sun or under a cool, starry sky. Artificial intelligent generated wildlife can be spotted going through a range of realistic behaviours. Fish can be attracted towards your boat, where you can choose to feed them and observe their behaviour.
An active day and night cycle is available, along with a flashlight so users can explore the canyon during darkness.
The developers have said that there are plans for a multiplayer mode in future, allowing groups of friends of family to travel to the Grand Canyon together.
For the best experience, the developers recommend a comfortable chair in the middle of the play space, an oscillating fan in front of your, a dark room to remove excess light and your favourite relaxing music.
Further details are available on the Oculus Store page, of you can view the new trailer for The Grand Canyon VR Experience below.
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