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bbc home a vr spacewalk

If you've ever fancied taking a walk in space without risking life and limb, now's your chance. The BBC has launched 'Home: A VR Spacewalk', a virtual reality experience which lets you follow in the footsteps of astronaut Tim Peake and explore outer space, but from the comfort of your lounge.

The experience was inspired by NASA's training programme, and is compatible with the HTC Vive VR headset.

It was built using the Unreal 4 game engine, and sees participants dumped on the International Space Station. They can then look down on planet Earth and gaze into space just by turning their heads.

Then the real fun starts. You have to take part in a space walk and deal with a terrifying emergency situation. 'Gravity' has nothing on this.

It uses haptic feedback (small buzzes to let you know you've done something like pressed a button) to make the experience more immersive.

It also monitors your heart rate using biometric sensors. If your heart rate gets too high, you'll lose your cool and fail the mission. So try and keep your head.

The BBC has previously made 360-degree videos for VR headsets, but describes this as its "first steps into virtual reality content".

"We've taken all the storytelling power of the BBC and applied that behind it, so there's a great script, a great narrative, and we've also looked at all the cutting-edge explorations people are doing around VR in terms of biomonitoring, haptic feedback et cetera, and trying to bring that into it," said Tom Burton from the BBC's digital storytelling team.

Look out for it on the Steam Store in the next couple of months.

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