By Becca Caddy
The growing popularity of consumer VR headsets is presenting content creators, educators, app developers and travel companies with a great opportunity to let audiences experience parts of the world they’ve never seen – and which they might never get the chance to see – without leaving their living room.
It’s easy to turn your nose up at VR travel, writing it off as something that’s solely a tool for travel agents to flog holidays or a cheap thrill for the unadventurous. But it opens up fantastic opportunities for education as well as recreation, highlighting issues such as conservation, and giving those who are limited by finances or disabilities the chance to enjoy experiences they previously might only have dreamed of.
So we’re going to take you on a whirlwind tour of this lovely planet of ours in 80 VR experiences, from exploring caves filled with carnivorous glow-worms and paragliding over the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio to making a rocky descent back to Earth from space… we did say around the world, not necessarily on it.
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Not many of us will be lucky enough to go on a safari in Africa, so Virry VR’s new Virtual Safari, filmed at The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya, will be a real treat for anyone interested in wildlife.
You can see lions, rhinos and all kinds of other creatures up close and personal in their native habitats – and you’ll be able to get much closer to the beasts than you would on a real safari. It’s not just fun for those who like animals, it’s also a great educational tool. Created for PSVR, Virry VR has just been released on the PlayStation Store.
When you think of New Zealand you probably picture rolling hills and breathtaking green vistas. But there’s way more to this beautiful country than Lord of the Rings-inspired scenery, and one particularly unusual and captivating experience is the ‘glow-worm caves’ at Waitomo.
These carnivorous glow-worms glow and twinkle at night to attract their prey. It’s a great video to watch in 360°, because you feel like you’re properly exploring the caves, rather than just looking in one direction. This spooky yet beautiful VR experience is available at National Geographic’s YouTube channel.
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