Sky has teamed up with London’s Natural History Museum to help fulfil the lifelong dream of many a natural history fan: to hang out with, and be educated by, the legendary documentary maker Sir David Attenborough.
Sky is creating a virtual reality version of Attenborough as part of a “three-dimensional hologram” experience dubbed Hold the World. It will take visitors on a one-on-one tour behind the otherwise inaccessible glass cases of the Natural History Museum, allowing them to go “hands-on” with the artefacts inside. Meanwhile, Attenborough will offer insights into the collection, which includes fossils, bones, and skulls.
Unfortunately for HTC Vive fans, Hold the World will only be released on Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and iOS. Press shots show Attenborough monkeying around with an Oculus Rift VR headset, complete with Oculus Touch controllers, which shows that no matter how brilliant, respected, or intelligent you are, wearing a VR headset is guaranteed to make you look a bit derpy.
Hold the World is being created by Sky VR Studio in partnership with “immersive content studio” Factory 42, which was started by former Sky Arts and Sky 3D boss John Cassy in 2016. Sky made its first foray into virtual reality last year with a VR mobile app, which showcased content from its film and sports channels.
The partnership was announced alongside Sky’s financial results for the nine-month period ended March 31, 2017. While revenue was up, profits fell 11 percent to £1 billion, which Sky attributed to the increased cost of Premier League football matches. It also claimed to have done a pretty good job of holding on to broadband customers, despite another round of price hikes.
Those keen to give Hold the World a go might have a wait on their hands: it’s only scheduled to go into production “later this year.”
That said, if you’re keen for some Attenborough VR action right now, First Life—a narrated tour of the beginnings of life in the ancient Cambrian ocean—is available on PlayStation VR. Just watch out for the scary giant squid thing.
This post originated on Ars Technica UK