Oculus Rift will flourish with Story Studio

Lost_BIn case you are wondering, this poster for “lost” is not related to the ABC show of the same name with its weird ending. As far as I know, it isn’t related to The Iron Giant, which featured a giant crawling robotic hand. Lost is a short film from Story Studio, an in-house innovation lab focused on exploring and sharing tools and techniques to craft entertainment experiences with VR.

By now, I hope that I don’t have to talk about the Oculus Rift, as I have mentioned it before and was pretty excited about how it will change gaming when I saw it demonstrated at PAX. With this strange burdensome goggles on your head, you can be within a virtual environment making our nineties dreams of virtual reality come true.

What Pixar did with computer generated movies, Story Studio hopes to do with VR. In other words, it wants to use the first-person point-of-view with some interactivity to create a whole new entertainment experience. Our Source, who made that Pixar comparison, has watched “lost” and fully enjoyed the immersive theater experience, and Story Studio has more works lined up with Dear Angelica (a surreal adventure), Bullfighter (an action adventure), and Henry (which looks like a cute little animal story).

This leads to the question of what kind of films would be good for the Oculus Rift. Personally, I would love to see a murder mystery that would put the viewer as the lead detective. It would definitely require him or her to look in the right place at the right time. Oh, man, I just can’t believe that we are headed into an age like this.


Samsung Unveils the Gear VR Innovator Edition

Gear VR Image for BusinessWire 11.12.14At a recent Developer Conference from Samsung, the big S unveiled the Gear VR Innovator Edition. As you can see, it looks a lot like the Oculus Rift that I was raving about so much at PAXPrime this year.

The GEAR VR Innovator is powered by Oculus, but it does not have its own screen. It is made to pair with the Galaxy Note 4, and it is made for the smartphone’s 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. It is designed to watch content in 360 degrees, and there will be a lot of content for it.

For example, there plans to be a videos for Tony Star’s Lab from the next Avengers movie. There is also DreamWorks VR video with the popular Dreamworks characters, a Cirque du Soleil media production, and a Harmonix Music review.

There really is something interesting going on with this product, and I honestly hope that I can try it out for myself someday. Perhaps at the next CES, or something.