While there have been lots of educational virtual reality (VR) experiences set in space (Overview, Spheres, Mission: ISS), one of the first to see notable acclaim was VR Education’s Apollo 11 VR. Today, the team has launched an improved ‘high definition’ version for an even more immersive and visually entertaining experience.
Apollo 11 VR originally launched back in 2016 when VR Education was a much smaller team, allowing users to experience the historic moon landings from the viewpoint of US astronaut Neil Armstrong.
The HD edition isn’t an update for the original. Due to the work done to improve the visuals users will need to purchase and download it separately.
“The original Apollo 11 VR showcase experience has been a great success, bringing additional revenue to the Group and also effectively showcasing our technology in advance of the launch of our ENGAGE platform in December 2018. Apollo 11 is still in demand across a variety of platforms and we are confident that this new HD version will stimulate further interest,” said David Whelan, CEO of VR Education in a statement.
“The original Apollo 11 was built when we had a small team of three working for the Group. This new version enhances the user experience greatly as we have had the time and expertise to give the experience a level of polish not achievable before, due to new technology and overall talent available at VR Education today. The coming year represents the 50th anniversary of the moonwalk and we believe Apollo 11 HD will be in high demand throughout the next 12 months and beyond.”
Currently, Apollo 11 VR HD can be downloaded via Steam for £9.99 GBP, supporting Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. The studio is working on a PlayStation VR version which should be ready in Q2 2019.
VR Education has revealed that as of 31st October 2018, the original Apollo 11 VR experience had been downloaded circa 145,000 times across all the various sales platforms. Check out the studio’s other VR project which recently arrived for all four headsets, Titanic VR. For any further updates form the company, keep reading VRFocus.