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See what it’s like to live in solitary confinement with this terrifying VR experience

April 29th, 2016 at 10:17 PM
VR Solitary Confinement App

Virtual reality is responsible for some of the most fascinating experiences in recent memory, from a tour of Chernobyl to some of the most immersive games in the history of the medium. These are all worthwhile applications of the technology, but it’s hard to imagine any of them could be as effective as The Guardian’s virtual experience of solitary confinement, which you can try for free right now.

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“6×9 is the Guardian’s first virtual reality experience,” the site explains “which places you inside a US solitary confinement prison cell and tells the story of the psychological damage that can ensue from isolation.”

In order to experience the project as it was meant to be seen, you’ll need to download the Guardian VR app [iOS, Android], plug in your headphones and either hold your phone in front of you or slot it into a Google Cardboard.

If that sounds like too much work, you can also watch a 360-degree video from YouTube embedded below — just make sure you have a browser with Flash:

Most people excited about VR know that games aren’t the only thing that developers, filmmakers and other creative types are bringing to the medium, but it’s nice to see a major publication jumping in headfirst.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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