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The (Anti-Covid-19) VR Vacation (or Travel the World from Home) Thread

RuneSR2
Level 16

Just a few suggestion for experiencing the world at home - do add your own suggestions! Note, I've tried to avoid apps just using 360 degrees shots and movies. Also I've tried to include only apps which impressed me - or apps with very high ratings (either in the Oculus Store or on Steam). 

1. Blueplanet VR:

 

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Info: Blueplanet VR is a curated collection of over 40 volumetric experiences of powerful scenic and cultural heritage locations worldwide, ranging from Borobudur Temple in Indonesia to Bears Ears National Monument in the southwestern US. With a high level of photogrammetry execution and art direction, BPVR offers the viewer a strong sense of presence and open exploration within these remarkable locations, some even offering hang gliding flight experiences over spectacular terrains. Interactive features are used to deepen understanding and insight of these fascinating and unique locations.
A free demo is available with 3 sample scenes to explore.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1264180/Blueplanet_VR/

2. Vacation Simulator:


Info: Welcome to the Vacation Simulator, a rough approximation of VACATION inspired by real human NOT JOBBING, brought to you by the same robots behind the Job Simulator. Reallocate your bandwidth and get ready to splash, s’more, snowball, and selfie your way to optimal relaxation!
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1818689078164305/

3. Nefertari: Journey to Eternity:

 

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Info: In Egypt's legendary Valley of the Queens lies Queen Nefertari's tomb, one of the modern world's most detailed windows into ancient Egyptians' journey towards the afterlife. Now, state-of-the-art technology has made it possible to digitally scan Nerfertari's tomb with millimeter accuracy. For the first time ever, step inside the fabled tomb and immerse yourself in the story of its art, history, construction, and mythology through interactive elements.

PLEASE NOTE: The Nefertari's Tomb experience was built using the latest techniques in photogrammetry and laser scanning, as such, the level of detail is extremely high. If the experience begins to lag, please adjust the "Quality Slider" at the beginning of the program to a lower setting.
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1491802884282318/?ranking_trace=1943584525923090_14918028842...

4. IL DIVINO: Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling in VR:

 

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Info: Il Divino: Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling in VR is a Virtual Reality experience powered by Unreal Engine where you can walk through and learn about the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. This experience was created exclusively for the SIGGRAPH 2019 Immersive Pavilion, by the team behind the previous SIGGRAPH 2017 VR piece: Il Gigante: Michelangelo’s David in VR. Debuting at SIGGRAPH on Valve’s INDEX headset, Il Divino delivers an experience of the highest fidelity –you can see individual cracks and brush strokes in the plaster! Step onto Michelangelo’s own scaffold and learn about how he painted the ceiling, or enter a Vatican conservator’s mobile aerial platform to see the ceiling up close, and learn about the controversial cleaning. In all, there are over 100 clickable elements about Michelangelo’s monumental work.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1165850/IL_DIVINO_Michelangelos_Sistine_Ceiling_in_VR/

5. Visit the International Space Station (ISS) and go for a spacewalk:


Info: We’re excited to share that Mission: ISS is available now on the Oculus Store! Created in collaboration with NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, this true-to-life simulation lets you explore space and experience the sensation of microgravity in VR.

Based on NASA models as well as direct input and feedback from multiple astronauts and the NASA VR Lab in Houston, Mission: ISS recreates the International Space Station in painstaking detail. While many of us dream of becoming astronauts, only about 500 people have ever been to space. Thanks to Mission: ISS and Oculus Touch, you can use your own hands as you dock incoming cargo capsules, conduct spacewalks, and perform mission-critical tasks. Now anyone, anywhere, can experience the breathtaking view of Earth from orbit.
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1178419975552187/

6. TheBlu Underwater Experience:

 

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Info: theBlu: is a deeply immersive VR series that allows audiences to experience the wonder and majesty of the ocean through different habitats and come face to face with some of the most awe inspiring species on the planet. The series, which is directed by Jake Rowell (Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, Superman Returns), has been designed as beautiful moments in passing or a collection of memories that powerfully tap into the vast potential of VR. The debut episode, featuring an incredible close encounter with an 80 foot whale, is already recognized as one the most iconic room scale VR experiences to date (a Sundance Film Festival 2016 selection). Additional episodes in this bundle take place on a teeming coral reef and in the very deepest region of the ocean. Gain access to new modes of discovery in each episode. Slow time and capture pictures in Inspector Mode, and return to a meditative version of each location in Ambient Mode.
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/984294025016007/

7. Pompeii:
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/2716628805044056/?ranking_trace=1943584525923090_27166288050...
Info: 
Pompeii is an experience allowing you to visit the most famous ruins of Pompeii, Italy. Feeling like you are really there, you can walk along one of Pompeii's main streets, visit the interior of an extraordinarily well preserved Roman house, experience the hustle and bustle of Pompeii's bars and shops, visit two beautiful Roman gardens, and finally get to experience what is was like bathing in a 2000 year old Roman bathhouse. This experience allows you to enter and explore Pompeii with an unrivaled freedom of movement. You can walk right up beautifully painted walls and mosaics which are cordoned off in real life. The experience contains a large source of highly entertaining narrative content, allowing one to really understand what living here as a Roman must have been like. In our view this is the closest thing you will ever get to feeling like you are in Pompeii without actually having to fly to Italy and be there yourself.

8. Everest VR:


Info: EVEREST VR is a powerful first introduction to VR, designed not as a conventional game but as an accessible experience that focuses on the strengths of VR to transport you to impossible locations. 
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1043021355789504/

9. The Grand Canyon VR Experience:

Info: Pack your bags and take a beautiful and serene interactive kayak ride into the heart of the Grand Canyon, experiencing nature in all its splendor.

Most realistic nature environment in VR available today.  Explore the beauty and splendor of the Grand Canyon via a motorized kayak with speed settings.  Vivid, living world populated with procedural generation of animal life driven by artificial intelligence.  Choose between a tour under the hot sweltering sun or one under a cool starry sky.
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1208507739163035/

10. Nature Treks:

Info: Explore tropical beaches, underwater oceans and even take to the stars. Discover over 60 different animals. Command the weather, take control of the night or shape your own world.
Immerse yourself into the Nature Treks VR experience and escape into a world of relaxation.
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1241059555937266/ 

11.The Dawn of Art VR (Rift & Vive only):

Info: Let Daisy Ridley guide you in your discovery of the Chauvet Cave, a Unesco World Heritage Site, considered one the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the XXth century. The Dawn of Art is not just a tour, but a storytelling experience, sparking emotions, and totally immersing you in the past, mirroring the way the First Men were immersed in their painted caves.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1236560/The_Dawn_of_Art/

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"Ask not what VR can do for you, but what you can do for VR"

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RuneSR2
Level 16
Some art museums and the like (might add more later):

1. Museum of Other Realites:
https://youtu.be/zUtqvp1LIcM

Info: An immersive multiplayer art showcase in VR, the Museum of Other Realities (MOR) is a place to connect, share, and experience virtual reality art with others.

The museum contains a growing collection of interactive art and experimentation, supporting artists who are challenging and redefining what is possible with VR as a medium.
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/2122150644572762/

2. Mona Lisa: Beyond The Glass (Index and HTC Vive only):
https://youtu.be/Au_UpzhzHwk

Info: Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass is the first VR experience presented to the public by the Louvre Museum and is conceived as part of the Museum’s seminal Leonardo da Vinci exhibition which commemorates the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death in France. Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass reveals the latest scientific research on da Vinci’s artistic innovation and his painting techniques and processes through exceptional visualization in virtual reality, bringing them to life.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1172310/Mona_Lisa_Beyond_The_Glass/

3. The Kremer Collection:
https://youtu.be/KWutGZf9wus

Info: We are very excited to announce that our biggest project The Kremer Collection Museum is now live. This is a big milestone and the first step in making the museum available to the public!
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1944128808953270/

4. Art Plunge:
https://youtu.be/fpgj9b8-JMA

Info: Art Plunge is a gallery where you can get the feeling of being inside famous paintings. This is a short but sweet experience featuring VR interpretations of the following five artworks:

Mona Lisa, Starry Night, The Birth of Venus, The Creation of Adam and Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window.

Please note that movement is restricted in the experience even if you have a large play area.
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/2803888673016355/

5. Dream of Dali:
https://youtu.be/y1bd4PAFjFQ

Info: Enjoy the remarkable marriage of art and technology in Dreams of Dali, a virtual reality experience from The Dali Museum (St. Petersburg, FL), as you explore Dali's painting “Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet's ‘Angelus’.” Immerse yourself in the world of the Surrealist master like never before in this encounter, venturing into the towers, peering from them to distant lands and discovering surprises around every corner. We imagine Dali himself, known in his lifetime as what we now call an "earlier adopter" of new technology, would applaud this inspiring homage to his 1935 painting.
https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1873099679429920/?ranking_trace=1943584525923090_18730996794...

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"Ask not what VR can do for you, but what you can do for VR"

Mushroomies
Level 7
I have 7 of these VR programs, I will have to look into the others I saw. They are all wonderful, Thank you for Posting them 🙂  

RuneSR2
Level 16


I have 7 of these VR programs, I will have to look into the others I saw. They are all wonderful, Thank you for Posting them 🙂  



You're welcome, as I wrote I have not tried them all, but many have very high ratings on Steam, so I'm looking forward to try some too - especially the Sistine Ceiling and Nefertari looked great and are among the highest rated VR apps on Steam within this genre. 

Valve Index & Oculus Rift CV1, Asus Strix OC RTX™ 3090, i9-10900K (5.3Ghz), 32GB 3200MHz, 8TB
"Ask not what VR can do for you, but what you can do for VR"

Zenbane
Level 16
Fun shit!

Gonna check these out over the weekend.

RuneSR2
Level 16
A few shots from Blueplanet VR, which may have some of the best textures comparing the above apps:

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It works in solid 90 fps res 200% using the Index and a GTX 1080, maybe res 250% will work just fine using Rift-S and a similar gpu 😉 

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"Ask not what VR can do for you, but what you can do for VR"

snowdog
Level 16
You forgot to add Night Cafe to the Art ones! It's my favourite!

https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1424068284285734/

And the Palace Of Versailles too:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1098190/VersaillesVR__the_Palace_is_yours/

See. I bet NONE of you thought I woz dis cultured init 😄
"This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

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RuneSR2
Level 16

snowdog said:

You forgot to add Night Cafe to the Art ones! It's my favourite!

https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1424068284285734/

And the Palace Of Versailles too:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1098190/VersaillesVR__the_Palace_is_yours/

See. I bet NONE of you thought I woz dis cultured init 😄



You da man!

Butt 8 GIF - Find on GIFER

Seriously, I spent like 30 real minutes searching for that Versailles app - could not remember its name, but remembered it was about 20GB and that I did not want to install it back then due to the massive size. I searched for Paris, Louvre, Museum, Art, but ranking the results based on user ratings just didn't help enough.

Well, I guess we're now all set for the perfect VR vacation - mine starts today - I've got 4 weeks - about 2,500,000 seconds  😄  o:)

https://youtu.be/Njz6ZxN88Rc

https://youtu.be/DkCt6-p9WSw

The van Gogh cafe may be fun too - tried it years ago:

https://youtu.be/jBOL5yakREA

Valve Index & Oculus Rift CV1, Asus Strix OC RTX™ 3090, i9-10900K (5.3Ghz), 32GB 3200MHz, 8TB
"Ask not what VR can do for you, but what you can do for VR"

Shadowmask72
Level 16
Did you not even post the most obvious, Moogle Smurf (with L337view enabled).


System Specs: ASUS NVIDIA RTX 3090 TUF GAMING OC 24GB , i9 9900K CPU, 16 GB DDR 4 RAM, Win 10 64 Bit OS.

snowdog
Level 16


Did you not even post the most obvious, Moogle Smurf (with L337view enabled).



The what now?!!? ?
"This you have to understand. There's only one way to hurt a man who's lost everything. Give him back something broken."

Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever