Star Trek on Oculus Rift: Voyager Demo Lets You Explore the Iconic Bridge With the Unreal Engine 4 [VIDEO]
It seems like every day we hear news of indie developers trying new and exciting things with the Oculus Rift. This latest demo to hit the net allows you to explore the bridge of the USS Voyager, as made famous in Star Trek Voyager. Kate Mulgrew is nowhere to be found but there are three audio triggers that you can find that will play clips from the show, apparently from a ghost crew. It's certainly not the most iconic bridge of all the Star Trek ships but it's impressive to see how authentically it's been recreated.
This demo is actually the first Oculus Rift demo to utilize the power of the Unreal Engine 4. Now that the powerful engine is open to anyone with a mere monthly subscription fee (and 5% of the sales if you release a full game) tons of developers are playing around with it.
The developer recommends you wear headphones to better hear the audio immersion and remember, the 'e' key fires photon torpedoes. There's not exactly a lot to do here but the possibilities that it opens up are remarkable- if a licensed Star Trek game were to utilize this technology there's so much they could do. It's one thing to be able to command a space ship but to be able to walk over to the captain's chair and sit in it yourself must be something else, and imagine all that they could do with the Holodeck alone!
If you own an Oculus Rift dev kit you can download the demo for yourself right here - check out the video below for an idea of what to expect.