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Visit one of the most iconic ‘Lord of the Rings’ filming locations in VR

Visit one of the most iconic filming locations in

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An update to the Brink Traveler VR app brings six stunning new destinations. You can travel with Meta Quest 2 or PC VR.

Brink Traveler differs from other VR travel apps in important aspects:

  • The environments are perfectly digitized
  • The interface is optimized for virtual reality and intuitive to use
  • You can visit places with friends or strangers
  • The VR app is maintained and regularly expanded with new features and free content

Since its release, the studio has delivered three major updates. The first winter update brought a new destination as well as two new environments in existing destinations, text and audio localization of different languages, a variety of new locomotion settings, and various graphical improvements that make visited locations even more vivid.

Four more destinations followed in the summer update, along with a multiplayer mode that uses Meta’s new avatars and turns the VR app into a social platform where you can meet people or travel with friends and family.

Brink Traveler: These destinations are new

This Christmas, the second winter update has been freed. It brings the following six destinations:

  • The rocky platform of Preikestolen in Norway with two views of cliffs and fjords
  • The Ulsanbawi field formation in South Korea in the middle of Seoraksan National Park.
  • Mount Sunday in New Zealand, one of the most iconic filming locations for the Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Bryce Canyon in the United States, with two unique locations, the Navajo Stairs and Wall Street.
  • The Dune du Pilat on the French Atlantic coast, a huge sand dune surrounded by forest.
  • The Sand Dune Arch in the United States, part of Arches National Park.

The following video gives an overview of these places.

Travel with (almost) all VR headsets

The winter update also brings several improvements. The multiplayer mode now offers cross-platform support for the following VR headsets and platforms:

  • SteamVR headsets (still in early access).
  • Meta quest 1 & 2
  • Meta Quest Pro
  • Oculus Rift (S)

The VR app now makes it easier to get to know other people: multiplayer mode uses icons to show where other VR users are.

The studio has also added support for gaze and face tracking with Meta Quest Pro, and improved exploration of seated environments by artificially increasing perspective. New country markers on postcards make it easy to see where places are in the world.

Want to learn more about virtual travel? Then check out my article on the best VR apps for photorealistic virtual trips.

You can buy Brink Traveler for $10 in the Meta Quest Store for Meta Quest 1 & 2 and Oculus Rift (S). Brink Traveler is also available on Steam. In this version, the latest update is still in early access, so you have to activate it first.

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