Your next virtual reality experience could incorporate the magic of Disney. At the Oculus Connect 3 conference on Thursday, Oculus and Disney announced a partnership to debut a series of virtual reality projects later this year.
The partnership is part of Oculus’ stronger emphasis on creating compelling content, particularly after Oculus won an Emmy for its VR animated short, Henry. Narrated by Elijah Wood, Henry was named best outstanding original interactive program — a first for Oculus.
The partnership is especially justified in light of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s statement that $250 million has already been invested in the VR developer community, and another $250 million is coming.
A Virtual World For Blade Runner 2049
It’s a big day for Blade Runner fans. Blade Runner 2049, the belated sequel to the 1982 sci-fi film, is due in theaters October 6, 2017 — and it will also debut on Oculus platforms.
Details are sparse about the film (or how it will translate to virtual reality). Until then, we can also expect to see a series of virtual reality experiences based on classic Disney characters.
In light of Oculus’ announcement of a cheaper, standalone headset, the Disney partnership is a clear move to make virtual reality a more accessible experience for a wider demographic — particularly children.
While this move calls to question Oculus Rift’s official 13+ age rating, we also love the idea of spending time on Pride Rock with characters from The Lion King.