July 2017 you'll be able to travel to Mars in as much time as it takes to turn on your computer (or PS4) and place a VR headset onto your head. Sure beats the nine months travel time to Mars.
The Mars 2030 experience is developed in partnership with NASA with over 15 square miles (40 square kilometers) of Martian landscape to explore, accurately mapped and modeled from real-world orbital satellite data. You will be able to drive the Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle (MMSEV) Rover, explore the actual Mars Habitat design and more.
In Mars 2030, developer Fusion Media Group (FMG) will allow you to:
Navigate the treacherous and beautiful landscape with the companion humanoid robot Valkyrie to collect samples while observing the wondrous Planetary Protection Zones.
Analyze findings in the Geolab workstation’s state of the art VR Microscope and discover the planet’s hidden secrets.
Face the daily challenge of operating, maintaining and repairing equipment from the Habitat base, which has been modeled after the actual design for Langley’s Evolvable Mars Campaign, including the VR Communications Center for reaching out to “Houston” and family members back home.
Get a first-hand, realistic look at all of the technologies considered for the Mission to Mars and explore the Haley Simulations that provide a glimpse at of Mars as it was 4 billion years ago.
Mars 2030 is built using Unreal Engine 4 and features an original score by the London Symphony Orchestra.
The VR experience will be available to download for $14.99 on both PC and PS4, supporting HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR. A non-VR version is available on PC as well.