One of the things we’re written about many times on the site is the possibilities for virtual reality inside the entertainment sphere but outside the scope of traditional games. Virtual Tourism, VR Cinema and Virtual Arcades are all tantalising prospects when the virtual reality experience becomes convincing enough, which by all accounts won’t be long at all.

Virtual Theme Parks however I’d never specifically considered. Unlike developer Rift Away, who liked the idea so much, they made an Oculus Rift demo around it.

Cyber Space puts you in the seat of a physics bending, stomach churning pendulum ride – propelling you from the ground 100s feet into the air, flipping you high above a detailed townscape. As with every good ride, Cyber Space starts you slow and builds to 360 degree loop the loops – think of this as your final endurance test before congratulating yourself on earning your Rift Legs.

For all the stomach flipping action, the title is actually great looking with a fully realised park town to gaze upon whilst you concentrate on keeping  your lunch down so kudos to Rift Away for not just relying on brain flipping for the core experience.

It’s an interesting experiment in the kinds of experiences VR will excel at once it hits the market, providing developers who might not be interested in creating traditional games the opportunity to produce content that virtual reality users can enjoy in a way they couldn’t on any other platform.

You can find more about Rift Away at their homepage here – and you can download the Cyber Space demo here.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • Paulo Cunha

    And I thought I was cured of motion sickness…or at least used to it….Well, I’m not.
    But seriously, great scenario and the feeling is the same as on the actual ride, for me anyway.

  • elecman

    Wow, this one is even better then RiftCoaster!