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Immersive Theater and Virtual Reality Collide in First Oculus Quest Experience 'The Under'

Oculus's Quest experience 'The Under Presents' is being described as the indie video game 'Journey' meets the immersive play 'Sleep No More.' As soon as you enter The Under, Oculus's first immersive-theater-meets-VR experience, you're acutely aware of that fact that you're inhabiting a different dimension. In the absurdist world, which I was able to experience, in part, as a 15-minute segment during a private demo at Sundance, players explore a magical abandoned ship and are promptly whisked below deck to a cabaret theater. Here is where things get interesting: while performing live on-stage acts, the actors engage you, asking you to perform simple tasks or participate in the performance itself. You can also interact nonverbally with other players, who appear as avatars in the audience. As such, The Under is the first VR experience to combine elements of immersive theater—namely, live actors and interactivity—with remote-access settings. That means that while you are "in" the experience, the actors could be anywhere else in the world. With the snap of a finger, they can teleport you to other environments within The Under. Read More...

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Published By: NoFilmSchool - Wednesday, 17 April

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