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Star Trek: The Next Generation's Enterprise comes to virtual reality (update)

You'll be able to sit in Picard's chair -- and direct your crew -- inside a PlayStation VR headset this May.

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Flying the Enterprise in virtual reality is a Star Trek fan's dream come true. But when Ubisoft's Star Trek: Bridge Crew game launched last May, it didn't necessarily come with the USS Enterprise that fans would have wanted -- its USS Aegis was a bit of a knockoff. 

But now, a DLC expansion will let you captain the same ship as Jean-Luc Picard. 

On May 22, Star Trek: The Next Generation is coming to the Star Trek: Bridge Crew game, and it's not only the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D that's up for grabs. According to the PlayStation Blog, the expansion will also include the Romulans, a Borg cube, androids modeled after Lt. Commander Data, and new mechanics for shield modulation and precision phaser fire.

Update, 2:37p.m. PT: Ubisoft tells CNET the expansion will also come to PC on July 21, including support for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and players using 2D monitors.  

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Plus the famous LCARS interface, of course, which has sometimes been credited with inspiring the Apple iPhone and iPad.

Originally, Star Trek: Bridge Crew came with your choice of the J.J. Abrams-era USS Aegis, or the original '60s USS Enterprise NCC-1701, with its impenetrable array of buttons as its seriously confusing control scheme. This sounds a good sight better, both for roleplaying purposes and for simply having fun.