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Next year, Fox will begin releasing full-length films on the Oculus Rift

09.24.2015

Very soon you'll be able to enjoy watching a feature-film in the comfort of your very own Oculus Rift VR headset. Oculus will soon be unveiling it's own virtual reality cinema, called Oculus Video, and they've secured their first major Hollywood studio partnership with Twentieth Century Fox. The partnership was announced at Oculus Connect in Hollywood, Oculus’s annual developers conference, and Fox revealed that they'll be releasing close to a hundred films for Oculus Video in early 2016.

Some of the Fox titles which will be made available include BIRDMAN, ALIEN, DIE HARD, KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, CAST AWAY, PREDATOR, TAKEN, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, THE MAZE RUNNER, and many others which you'll be able to rent or buy through Oculus Video. Lionsgate also announced their involvement in the project and some of the films they'll be making available include PULP FICTION and THE HUNGER GAMES. As you watch one of these films through Oculus Video you'll be able to choose the venue you view the film in, be it a small virtual screen in front of you or in a large theater.

President of Fox Home Entertainment, Mike Dunn, released a statement:

VR cinema is a new way of presenting our movies, and has the opportunity to bring in mass market consumers to virtual reality. With Oculus Video, we are leveraging the scale and flexibility of mobile, while continuing to deliver a powerful, emotional experience for consumers. We are just scratching the surface of how Hollywood and VR will revolutionize entertainment by exploring innovative ways to develop immersive experiences as a new storytelling medium.

I've never experienced the Oculus Rift myself but I'm not certain if I'd want to watch a feature-film with something strapped to my face; that said, this new development is certainly interesting when you think of the films that could be made that actually make use of a 360-degree environment to tell a story.

What say you, are you interested in watching a feature-film in a virtual theater?

Source: Fast Company
Tags: Fox, Oculus, VR

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11:40AM on 09/26/2015
I found the Oculus Rift to be a headache inducing nightmare. I can't imagine trying to watch a movie on this thing.
I found the Oculus Rift to be a headache inducing nightmare. I can't imagine trying to watch a movie on this thing.
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4:30AM on 09/25/2015
All for Oculus Rift, I've tried them and they're great, but releasing old films through them so "you'll be able to choose the venue you view the film in, be it a small virtual screen in front of you or in a large theater" sounds completely pointless - the film will still be flat (or mildly 3D if it's a 3D film) and non-360, just with a fake movie theatre around it? Might be better to leave it to specially-created properties.
All for Oculus Rift, I've tried them and they're great, but releasing old films through them so "you'll be able to choose the venue you view the film in, be it a small virtual screen in front of you or in a large theater" sounds completely pointless - the film will still be flat (or mildly 3D if it's a 3D film) and non-360, just with a fake movie theatre around it? Might be better to leave it to specially-created properties.
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12:01PM on 09/25/2015
I disagree. I think being able to approximate a movie theater experience at home is a pretty compelling idea. The potential is there, even if the demos I've seen haven't quite lived up to that potential. Could you imagine seeing an IMAX sized presentation, but in your living room instead? I'd definitely be on board for something like that.
I disagree. I think being able to approximate a movie theater experience at home is a pretty compelling idea. The potential is there, even if the demos I've seen haven't quite lived up to that potential. Could you imagine seeing an IMAX sized presentation, but in your living room instead? I'd definitely be on board for something like that.
10:35PM on 09/24/2015
I'm interested to see how this works.
I'm interested to see how this works.
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10:13PM on 09/24/2015
I should start investing in Gravol's stocks.
I should start investing in Gravol's stocks.
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