British Army Will Use Oculus Rift to Lure in New Recruits

By Gerald Lynch on at

The British Army has revealed that it will be using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as part of a new recruitment campaign for its reserves.

Set to go on show for recruitment events in London and Manchester today, the Oculus Rift "experience" will show would-be Universal Soldiers what life in the forces is like, letting people step inside a recreation of a live fire exercise on Salisbury Plain. Created by London-based virtual reality specialists Visualise, the wearer will sit inside a Challenger 2 tank, surrounded by a tank battalion, using the vehicle's laser sights and communicating with fellow troops on the battlefield.

So, think Call of Duty mixed with a press gang then, and that's probably the "experience" to expect. The Army will add further experiences in the future, all of which will likely seem rather tame in comparison to a Modern Warfare domination match.

While there's still no official release date for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, it's come on leaps and bounds over the past few months. At CES, we tried the latest build of the headset, which now includes 3D audio earbuds. [ITV]

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