In an impressive synergy of two of 2014’s most hyped projects, the game-changing virtual-reality platform Oculus Rift is pairing up with Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film, Interstellar, to give people in a few cities a taste of both in the lead-up to the movie’s Nov. 5 release.
At a few select AMC Theatres with IMAX, people will get to strap on the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 goggles and check out the inside of a spacecraft, presumably like one viewers will see in the film. “Presumably” because Nolan has closely guarded the details of Interstellar, though trailers have helped fill in some of the blanks.
The “exhibit,” as the Rift experience is being called, doesn’t provide any more detail, but it is pretty awesome: Users sit in a recliner that responds to movement inside the Oculus and look through the goggles to see the interior of a spacecraft with an impressively large planet lurking outside the window. The entire environment is richly detailed, and the goggles allow users to look around in all directions to see what’s around them on the ship. There’s also an impressive zero-gravity portion and some floating objects that make great use of the Rift’s 3-D capabilities. The whole thing is over in a few minutes, though users could probably spend two or three times that looking around.
The exhibit tour kicked off in New York on Monday at the AMC Lincoln Square 13, where it will remain until Wednesday before hitting the road (dates below). It’s free and open to people from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.
Oct. 6-8: New York, AMC Lincoln Square 13
Oct. 17-19: Houston, AMC Gulf Point 30
Oct. 25-27: Los Angeles, AMC City Walk
Nov. 5-19: Chantilly, Virginia, Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center