Go One-on-One with David Attenborough in ‘Hold the World’ VR Museum Experience This Spring


Hold the World, an upcoming VR experience from Sky, will let you go face-to-face with Sir David Attenborough, the English broadcaster and world’s foremost naturalist as he explains the finer details of some of the creatures in the world we call home.

The experience, which is slated to arrive on Gear VR, Oculus Rift and Daydream VR sometime this spring, takes you to London’s Natural History Museum and puts you right across the table from Attenborough.

Captured volumetrically by more than 100 cameras, Attenborough acts as your personal guide, explaining the importance of each artefact and object selected from the museum’s collection, including a blue whale, a stegosaurus, a trilobite, a dragonfly, a butterfly and a pterosaur.

image courtesy Sky

There, you’ll be able to pick up rare specimens from the London’s Natural History Museum and take you “behind the scenes to explore areas usually closed to the public,” a Sky blog post states.

Attenborough is no stranger to VR documentaries, as he’s lent his voice to several VR experiences including First Life and VR Dive.

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”Sharing my passion for the natural world is something I have done for many years through different technologies, from the days of the black-and-white TV to colour, HD, 3D, 4K and now the virtual reality,” said Attenborough. “Hold the World is an extraordinary next step in how we can communicate and educate people about experiences they wouldn’t usually have access to in the real world. I am delighted about what users can learn and discover from the Natural History Museum’s treasures in this new VR experience – it really is one of the most convincing and bewitching experiences that the world of technology has yet produced.”

Hold The World will be available through the Sky VR app on Google Daydream View, Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift, and will also be temporarily available as a standalone app on Microsoft Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets before it launches on Sky VR for other headsets.

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  • gothicvillas

    Wait.. available on all current headsets but not on Vive? Why is that?

    • Jean-Sebastien Perron

      It is not available on Mixed Reality either.

      • Yes it is, …”and will also be temporarily available as a standalone app on Microsoft Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets before it launches on Sky VR for other headsets”

    • GearVR is powered by Oculus so to make it work on the Rift is probably a small change. To enable it for SteamVR is probably not as simple as recompiling for WMR but it will probably appear a few weeks later.

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  • PoTemos Comunismo

    More Oculus exclusivity shit…

    • Martin Petersson

      Who cares? You can probably use Revive. It’s up to Oculus and the devs who develop the software to do as they please in the end it’s about making money and getting market share they’re competing with other companies after all. Yeah I don’t own a Rift and won’t buy one either because I don’t want to support Facebook and their business practices. Like this, platform exclusivity for their VR headset. There’s great experiences for Vive too so I don’t care all that much.

  • AlterEquals

    The photogrammetry to reconstruct the museum rooms was done by Alter Equals (www.alter-equals.com).