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A virtual reality climb up Everest using the HTC Vive

EVEREST VR has been produced by Sólfar Studios and RVX

‘Virtual exploration’ is set to become the breakthrough application on VR platforms and one of the first to appear this year is called ‘EVEREST VR’.

The premise is simple. You prepare for your expedition at Basecamp and then traverse the Khumbu Icefalls, scale the Lhotse Face, ascend the Hillary Step and finally conquer the summit of Everest. The idea is to give users a definitive experience of exactly what it feels like to climb Mount Everest.

EVEREST VR has been produced by Sólfar Studios and RVX, combining the two firm’s expert skills in VR. The CEO and co-founder at Sólfar, Kjartan Pierre Emilsson, said: “By combining incomparable visual fidelity with real player agency and interactivity, EVEREST VR will immerse you in a virtual reality that feels both real and emotionally stunning.”

Dadi Einarsson, founder and Creative Director at RVX adds: “With EVEREST VR, we now place the participant into a story where they control their pace and interaction with the experience. This will rewrite the rules for future storytellers and I can´t wait to see where this creative intersection of film and games talent in VR takes us.”

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Users can now experience EVEREST VR using the HTC Vive (pictured above). Everest VR uses the HTC Vive’s tracking cameras and motion controllers to read your real life body and hand movements, allowing you to physically walk around and climb the mountain’s beautifully rendered snowy peaks.

Everest will be released for HTC Vive soon, with versions for Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR planned.

About the author

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after meeting so many like-minded people who love all kinds of adventure activities. He started out as pilot in the RAF, has worked as a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as an editor and journalist for motorcycling, aviation and adventure magazines.

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