Star Trek fans can now “boldly go where no man has gone before” thanks to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which for the first time will allow Trekkies to walk through a ship as it cruises through the Star Trek universe.
While it isn’t the iconic Enterprise, the USS Voyager bridge program from the series of the same name is an impressive VR simulation, and likely one of many to follow.
“I’m a huge Oculus Rift fan, Star Trek fan, and Unreal Engine 4 [software framework for the development of video games] fan,” program developer Thomas Kadlec said in a Trek Today report. “So I just figured I’d mix those all together!”
“The USS Voyager bridge demo allows a viewer to ‘walk around a fairly accurate recreation of the Voyager’s bridge… [staring] out into space as you whiz past distant stars.’”
The Oculus Rift has been making headlines as the most popular and advanced VR experience to date, and has been used in everything from virtual horror experiences and video games to science experiments and drone piloting. The tech has spawned numerous other VR endeavors from noted gaming giants like Valve and Sony.
Facebook purchased Oculus last month and plans to further the tech in the video-game realm, and expand it into the world of social media.