EVEREST VR, the premiere virtual reality experience from Sólfar Studios, in partnership with Nordic visual effects house RVX, is now available on PlayStation VR (PS VR). Hailed by critics for its stunningly immersive content, EVEREST VR invites users to explore the breathtaking landscape of Mt. Everest through a multitude of vantage points and first-person experiences. Following momentous launches on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, EVEREST VR is making its way to PlayStation VR and can be downloaded now from the PlayStation Store.
“When we set out to develop EVEREST VR, our mission was to traverse a new frontier for virtual reality,” said Kjartan Pierre Emilsson, co-founder and CEO of Sólfar Studios. “We wanted to push the boundaries of what VR technology is capable of doing and create an immersive experience so realistic that it evokes an emotional response. Since its initial release for HTC Vive last year, we have continued to expand upon EVEREST VR with exciting new content. We’re thrilled to be able to have PlayStation VR users summit Mt. Everest in VR, starting today.”
EVEREST VR guides adventurers through a sequence of first-person experiences while ascending Mt. Everest. The journey includes notable milestones and interactive events including Base Camp, the Khumbu Icefall, Hillary Step, Lhotse Face, and the ascent to the Summit. PlayStation VR users can choose to experience EVEREST VR with either the PlayStation Move motion controllers or the DUALSHOCK 4.
Since its release in August 2016, EVEREST VR has received significant updates, including the expansion of God Mode which offers players sweeping views of Mt. Everest and the surrounding mountain ranges at scales ranging from 1500x to 1x resolution. The team has recently added 18 different historical expedition routes to God Mode, including the 1953 British Expedition when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first successful summit of Everest. In these scenes featured in God Mode, users can view the route via a collection of stunning high resolution color photographs from the expedition, often from the same vantage point that the original photograph was taken. Photographs from the 1953 British Expedition are provided courtesy of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), who earlier this year accepted Sólfar’s charitable donation of the EVEREST VR, which will be held as part of the Society’s Everest Collection.