The Lab

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The Lab
Developer(s)

Valve
Various

Release date(s)

April 5, 2016

Genre(s)

Technology demonstration

Input

HTC Vive headset, Valve's Lighthouse

Engine

Unity
Source 2

The Lab is a compilation of virtual reality experiments developed by Valve and other companies. It was announced on March 7, 2016[1] and released on April 5, 2016 on Steam for free.

Contents

[edit] Overview

The Lab, set in a pocket universe (Pocket Universe Lab 08) of Aperture Science, begins in the Aperture Science Sub Universe Exploration Center which serves as a hub. The player, described as the "test traveler", can access all of the demos from here and interact with objects gathered from them when they're completed.

Lab Practicum from the Half-Life 2 soundtrack is used in the loading screen.

[edit] Experiments

[edit] Postcards

Choosing the destination from a selection of postcards, the player can use the Aperture Science Base Mounted Portal Sphere to teleport to digital versions of real world locations including Vesper Peak, Venice in Italy, Raufarholshellir Lava Tube in Iceland, and Snæfellsjökull National Park in Iceland. These areas were created by using photogrammetry. Here, the player can interact with a robot dog character.

[edit] Slingshot

The player becomes a Calibration Trainee by throwing Personality Cores(?) and destroyed everything in Aperture Storage Annex using the Core Calibration slingshot. The player gets fired from the job at the end of the demo.

[edit] Longbow

[edit] Xortex

[edit] Secret Shop

Set in the Dota 2 universe, the player can explore and interact with the objects in the Secret Shop.

[edit] Robot Repair

Same as the Aperture Robot Repair demo which was released on February 22, 2016. It is the only demo that uses the Source 2 engine.

[edit] Solar System

The player can interact with the planets in the solar system.

[edit] Human Medical Scan

Also known as Human Body Scan.

[edit] References

  1. Press release on ValveTime.net (March 7, 2016)

[edit] External links

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