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Katee Sackhoff on Becoming the Voice of Virtual Reality

When Oculus starts to ship its Rift virtual reality (VR) headset later this month, it will give consumers a free copy of the VR video game “Eve: Valkyrie“. And when those consumers are putting on their Rift headset for the first time to immerse themselves into the world of the multiplayer space shooter, they’re going to be greeted by a familiar voice. The fighter pilots in “Eve: Valkyrie” are being led by none other than Katee Sackhoff, who has been a favorite with Sci-Fi fans ever since her breakout role as Starbuck in “Battlestar Galactica.”

Sackhoff told Variety this week that she was very excited to do voice work for “Eve:Valkyrie,” especially after learning that it would be a launch title for the Rift. “I felt this responsibility to make my character in this game as cool as possible,” to give people a great first experience of VR, she said.

Sackhoff said that she wasn’t really a gamer, and said that she had “zero” experience with VR before working on “Eve:Valkyrie.” Now, she has an Oculus Rift at home, and has been busy playing the game. “I kill bad guys really, really well now,” she said. “It’s just so much fun.”

SEE MORE: Oculus Founder: A Cheaper Rift Would Have Been a Mistake

At the same time, Sackhoff cautioned that it may take a while for VR headsets to become mainstream due to a high barrier of entry that goes beyond the price of the headset itself. “For Rift, people will have to have a strong enough PC to handle it,” she said.

In the end, VR seemed oddly familiar to Sackhoff. For shoots as a fighter pilot in “Battlestar Galactica,” she always had to imagine battles in space play out all around her while really sitting in the cockpit of a Viper that was safely placed on the ground in a studio.
“I always felt as if I already was in virtual reality,” she said. “My brain was like the first VR.”


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