Over the past year, we’ve seen a number of Playstation VR releases that don’t strictly fall into the realm of videogames. Blending the line between entertainment, experience and documentary, these releases find new ways of delivering content by using VR technology. One such example is The Chernobyl VR Project, which has been out (in early access) on Steam for a while and has now made it to Playstation VR.
Obviously, this means that you shouldn’t expect a virtual reality version of Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl or any sci-fi mutants. The Chernobyl Project is built around the real life accident and its aftermath – something many present day gamers probably have very little recollection of since it’s been well over 30 years since it all happened.
The Chernobyl Project allows users to “visit” the famous site and the nearby ghost city of Pripyat, which is something very few people have gotten to do in real life. Both sites provide awe-inspiring visuals, though the visual quality of VR isn’t up to the level of what you may have already seen in photos. Nevertheless, the sensation of walking around these areas can still be chilling to experience.
Much of the content in the Chernobyl VR Project is video-based, which is not a technique often used in games – those usually render all the visuals in-engine. In Chernobyl VR Project, it’s not just the locations that have been captured through video – the experience is also enhanced through interviews with citizens and experts, some of whom share their firsthand accounts of the tragedy.
The story of Chernobyl is even more interesting than the virtual visit to the site, though it’s the latter that obviously works best in VR. For this reason, you should definitely look into this title if you have a historic interest in what happened all those years ago.