Oculus has created Mission:ISS – an experience for the Rift that enables your ordinary land lubber to experience what it’s like to be in the International Space Station. Mission:ISS was created in collaboration with NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, to make the experience as real as possible.
Oculus has also released a video, shown above. The video starts with the introduction stating “Only a handful of people know what it’s like to be an astronaut…” “..you can be one of them” – which nicely summarizes what you can expect from this Oculus Rift exclusive title.
In the video, the view seen by a space-faring astronaut can be experienced up close, with objects, surfaces and the very corridors of the ISS recreated as closely as possible based on actual NASA sources.
Stories told by NASA astronauts can also be heard in this experience through interviews and similar. This experience is free for anyone with an Oculus Rift, and the Oculus Touch controllers are required – perhaps to enable “swimming” through the corridors while weightless.
While Mission:ISS is a reasonable way for ordinary folks to experience the ISS without becoming an astronaut, I can’t help but think that this further underlines the importance of imparting feedback and sensations to more than just our eyes and ears to complete the VR experience. To this end we are having a veritable sea of peripherals trying to fill this need, with a few promising a whole-body experience that seems a perfect match for this title. I look forward to seeing this implemented.