San Francisco-based virtual reality startup Bigscreen has teamed up with Paramount Pictures to bring the theater experience to VR headsets: Bigscreen will begin showing classic Paramount movies like Interstellar and Star Trek in a virtual movie theater, where users can watch the films together with friends.
Much like a traditional theater, Bigscreen won’t overwhelm users with on-demand choices. Instead, the company will show only 4 movies every week, with showings starting every 30 minutes. Viewers can personalize their avatars, hang out in the lobby together, and even voice chat with each other.
According to Variety, movies will cost US$4-5 each.
Now, one issue that comes up with this new service is that most VR headsets can become uncomfortable to wear for the two hours (or longer) it takes to watch an entire movie. I have gradually built up my own tolerance for VR headsets and I can wear them for over two hours, but many newcomers to VR will find sitting through a whole film intolerable. The Oculus Quest headset in particular is a bit front-heavy, I find, which also affects how long you can wear it comfortably.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the Bigscreen-Paramount partnership is a good idea, but it might take until the second generation of VR hardware arrives for it to fully bear fruit.
I’m a little late in reporting this, but Linden Lab is present at the Official Star Trek 2019 Convention in Las Vegas from now through to August 4th in Las Vegas. Lacie Linden posted a cute picture to her Twitter:
In addition to having a booth at the convention, Linden Lab is also bringing in various people associated with the Star Trek franchise into Sansar to meet with fans in VR! Check the Sansar Events page for more details on events today and tomorrow:
Come hang out one-on-one with: – Suzie Plakson (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager, Enterprise) – John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox from Star Trek: Enterprise) – Jeff Combs (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and more) – Casey Biggs (Damar on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) – Tim Russ (Commander Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, and a prolific writer, producer, and Trekkie)
All coming to you LIVE from Star Trek Las Vegas – only in the Sansar Roddenberry Experiences! Ask questions, meet other fans, and dive even deeper into Star Trek history. Be a part of the live STLV action without even leaving your desk.