With a story that will leave you in awe, using scientific data and featuring spectacular sequences, OVERVIEW is one of the most realistic space experiences in VR.
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November 23

The science behind Overview



Is OVERVIEW scientifically accurate?

When designing Overview, accuracy was one of our main concerns. We did not want Overview to end up being just a beautiful, awesome, virtual reality experience. We wanted astronomers and astrophysicists to be able to enjoy the show without any reservation. We wanted educators and parents to feel confident that their charges were in good (scientific) hands. We wanted the general public to enjoy the experience knowing that every single celestial body – the planets, the comets, the moons – was right where it should be, on a correct orbit, and perfectly to scale.



How is it possible?

This was no simple feat. In fact, it was astronomically difficult – but that was to be expected! Overview is powered by SpaceEngine, which is developed by Vladimir Romanyuk and relies on the data gathered by its community and many different sources, such as ESA’s star machine, Hipparcos, or NASA’s Solar System Dynamics group.



Where does the data come from?

We mostly have to thank the JPL HORIZONS on-line solar system data and ephemeris computation service for the orbits and scale of Solar System objects, such as the 8 planets and their 190 satellites, the Sun, and hundreds of asteroids and comets, but for additional thoroughness, Overview also relies on astrometric observations validated by the International Astronomical Union Minor Planet Center.

Stars mainly come from Hipparcos, Europe’s very first astrometry mission; its goal was to measure the positions, distances, motions, brightness and colours of over 100 thousand stars. The results were published as a set of catalogues which we’ve used, in particular, as the backdrop of our Solar System. A precise and accurate backdrop, as seen from the Earth or any other point of our system, and a realistic basis for the content of our galaxy the Milky Way!



So everything in OVERVIEW is real?

To be fully honest, we did add a few more stars in the Milky Way chapter, to avoid traveling through unrealistically empty spaces, and we also used an artificial nebula to illustrate the life cycle of stars. Yet even this is faithful to our current knowledge of space. In fact, the only true inaccuracy in Overview is the speed at which you move around the Universe (up to billions of times faster than the speed of light!), but considering how vast it is, this is exactly where the added value of virtual reality lies. Like we had envisioned, Overview lets you comprehend the scale of our Milky Way and feel awed by the beauty and intricacy of it all from the comfort and safety of your home!
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July 19

Major update + Oculus compatibility

Major update:
  • Oculus Rift compatibility
  • Solar System exploration
  • Full Chinese translation
  • Reduced price

NOW ON OCULUS RIFT
The awakening VR experience OVERVIEW: Scale of our Universe is now compatible with all major headsets: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality. OVERVIEW is designed for room-scale, so you can stand up and move around!

SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION
In Explore the Solar System, you can visit the 8 planets of the Sun at your own pace, see all their moons from up close in great detail, fly through the asteroids belt, and even spot real comets.

CHINESE TRANSLATION
The audio narration was recorded with a professional Chinese actor. By the way, French voice acting is performed by Jean-François Clervoy, an astronaut who spent 28 days in space repairing the Hubble telescope.

REDUCED PRICE
Summer sales are over, but OVERVIEW maintains its discounted price at 9.99$

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About This Game



OVERVIEW is an awakening experience that will leave you humbled and in awe.

Using scientific data and featuring spectacular cinematic sequences, this interactive documentary can be enjoyed by people of all ages for education and entertainment.

Key Features

  • 30+ min of cinematic narration taking you from Earth to the Cosmic Web
  • Photorealistic imagery using data from NASA, ESA and other agencies
  • Live model of the Solar System with all planets, moons, comets and asteroids

Space activities


OVERVIEW also includes activities that are regularly improved and updated:

  • “Scale of our Universe” allows you to zoom all the way from Earth to our galaxy and beyond.
  • “Explore the Solar System” is a free-roaming exploration of the eight planets that make up our neighborhood in space, along with hundreds of their moons and thousands of comets and asteroids.

“Best Education Experience”, Viveport Developer Awards 2018


French version narrated by Jean-François Clervoy, ESA astronaut who spent 28 days in space working on the Hubble telescope.

Made in partnership with the French Astronomy Association.
Powered by SpaceEngine.

Available for Arcades on SpringboardVR.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: i5 equivalent or greater
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 980 equivalent or better
    • Storage: 1000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Please set your Windows Power Plan to "High performance"

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