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The First Feature-Length Oculus Rift Film is Perfect Poop-Your-Pants Halloween Viewing

October 28, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Gerald Lynch / Gizmodo UK

The focus with Oculus Rift may currently be on virtual reality gaming but, as we learnt at last week's Interstellar VR experience, there's room for the headset in Hollywood too. Now Oculus Rift has its first ever feature-length movie, The Banshee Chapter, a horror movie just in time for an immersive Halloween scare.

A modernised Lovecraftian tale, The Banshee Chapter (produced by Star Trek's Zachary Quinto) was first given a standard video-on-demand release back in 2013. Now its makers have teamed up with virtual-reality experts Jamwix to give the film a VR overhaul, retroactively adding headset support that "creates the sensation you're inside the movie itself," according to engineer Bill Booth.

It's a little different to the usual Oculus experience. For starters, it's non-interactive, being a standard plot-driven movie. More pertinently perhaps is the fact that, unlike regular Oculus Rift experiences, the VR version of The Banshee Chapter is limited to a 120 degree field of view, wrapped around the viewer, rather than a full 360 degree shot. While you'll be able to look around a scene, you won't be able to look behind the camera, for instance. However, head tracking (with 3D depth) is supported, which should give the film's scares a little extra shock value.

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