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Conquering Mt. Everest in virtual realityIf you've always dreamed of climbing Mt. Everest but don't want to brave the elements, we've got the VR experience for you.
[MUSIC] Today I climbed Mount Everest. Well, at least I did virtually. Everest VR is an incredible experience. VR Studio [intangible] and Visual Effects Studio RVX collaborated to create this exploration simulation. And while it doesn't very long to complete, it did leave me with feelings of respect and wonder for Earth's highest peak. Around 300,000 high definition images were used of the real Everest to create a striking render of the map at various points of interest. You'll start at a base camp, make an offering for a good time, grab your tools and begin your track to the summit. Between stops, you'll watch documentary esque segments about Mount Everest, offering up a close up look at what real life climbers go through to reach the top of the mountain. Each location has unique trivia and information about how climbers navigate the treacherous obstacles they face. And then, you get a small virtual taste of that location's visuals. I even had to get down on all fours and crawl into a tent. As I finally reached the top of Everest, I realized how little I knew about the journey to the summit, and how brutal the conditions get as Climbers reach higher altitudes. Being able to use virtual reality to experience extreme situations nad dangerous feats may someday prove to give us a larger sense of empathy for others who complete these monumental tasks in real life. And also give us a chance to do something we'd probably never do in the real world. Everest VR will be coming soon to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Playstation VR. We did it. We climbed Mount Everest in virtual reality, you guys. [LAUGH] We made it happen. [MUSIC]