You decide to jump for those handholds, but it's close. The action dislodges a stream of rocks to the ground far below. Gear jangling, hands covered in chalk, you press on anyway.
Welcome to "The Climb," a new virtual reality game that only a few folks have been lucky enough to play so far.
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"The Climb" comes from the German video game company Crytek. It works with the soon-to-be-launched Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The premise: You take a helicopter to an imaginary Southeast Asian mountain range, where you scale the rockface.
Ars Technica writer Sam Machkovech and his crew demoed the game in San Francisco. They controlled the disembodied virtual reality hands using head movements and an Xbox One pad.
"We alternated hands and moved our head around, looking for grabbable spots and making our way up the mountain -- and noticing how freakin' high we'd climbed after a pretty short amount of time," he wrote.
Gamers also appreciated the tropical scenery. "Within minutes, I was deftly moving across a sun-splashed mountainside, crossing one arm over the other," The Verge's Nick Statt wrote.
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Just like in real life, your character's hands sweat through the chalk. "Through it all, I need to pause every once in a while, chalking up my in-game hands with the left and right bumpers," Polygon's Philip Kollar reported. By the end his actual hair was matted with sweat.
Watch the trailer here: