The ultimate dream of every nerd in the world

One of my two dreams is about to become a "reality:" Fly like Luke Skywalker in an X-Wing fighter, swooshing across the Death Star trench in a run to kill the Empire's space station. All thanks to the Oculus Rift—the first virtual reality headset that truly makes you feel in an alternative reality. I just can't wait for this to hit the general public.

The other dream is to actually go to space, of course.

The Death Star's Trenches, Through the Eyes of the Oculus Rift

If you think about it, flight simulators, with their fully-realized cockpits and scenic locations, are a perfect fit for the Oculus Rift. So are space sims, for the same reason. Developer Boone Calhoun, realizing this, promptly went to work on an Oculus Rift demo of the Death Star trench run from Star Wars.

Here's one more video of the Trench Run demo in action. Great stuff. Any bets on how long a first-person lightsaber demo will take?

Trench Run [Boone Calhoun@YouTube, via RockPaperShotgun]

Trench Run Demo - Oculus Rift [reverendkjr@YouTube]

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