“The undiscovered country … the future.” Virtual reality may be the present, but its future depends on interactive experiences that capture people’s attention — and this is where Star Trek comes in.

Next month, Ubisoft will release Star Trek: Bridge Crew, a VR experience from its Red Storm studio. It puts you and three others in command of a starship’s bridge, manning stations as you take on several situations. You may be rescuing stranded spacefarers. You may be blasting Klingons. You must work together with others, all in VR.

Sure, you could replicate this on standard PCs, with everyone connected with headsets and playing online. But you wouldn’t get that immersiveness that only VR can deliver. And this is what makes this medium so exciting.

I just hope that EA and Disney get their acts together and put me in a VR version of one of the 1990s’ best starfighter sims — TIE Fighter. For the Empire!

—Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor

P.S. It would be illogical for you to pass up this look at Star Trek: Bridge Crew.

From GamesBeat

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HP moves into VR and AR with investment in Venture Reality Fund

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Beyond GamesBeat

Nokia’s OZO Will Be Used For Star Wars: The Last Jedi VR Content, More Disney Projects

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GoPro’s New VR Camera Looks A Lot Less Confusing

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How Fashion Brands Are Using VR

Who said VR was just for gamers? From Sephora’s latest AR app update, a VR perfume commercial starring the one and only Kate Moss, to a HoloLens powered dressing room–the fashion industry has proven that VR and AR is en vogue through a range of experiences over the years. (via VR Scout)

Wilson’s Heart review

So far, virtual reality’s main argument has been exotic placement. My Oculus Rift situates me on the peak of Everest, the moons of Saturn, the depths of the Pacific. I crane my neck, mouth agape, to suck in the sights I might otherwise never see. (via Polygon)

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