Oculus premiered the animated short film Henry in Los Angeles today. Henry is a new kind of movie experience that gives viewers a sense of presence inside the movie.
Virtual Reality pioneer Oculus makes a strong case for virtual reality movies with the premiere of Henry.
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Oculus Story Studio introduces the cute Henry the hedgehog. Henry is directed by Ramiro Lopez Dau. Dau's work includes animation on films such as Pixar’s Brave and Monsters University.
The animated short movie shows how movies work in virtual reality.
The viewer immerses into the movie getting the feeling of presence. The makers of Henry do that by having Henry react to the presence of the viewer.
They can't tell if what the hedgehog is doing is part of the story or a reaction. Henry shows where virtual reality movies can go in the future using artificial intelligence.
All Oculus Rift Virtual Reality system owners will be able to experience Henry for free when the Rift ships in Q1 2016.
Virtual Reality movies have the potential to create a completely new entertainment industry. Henry certainly makes the case that this is a very likely possibility.
Oculus published a new video giving some glimpses into Henry.
Oculus Story Studio video released on the day of Henry's Premiere. Featuring Oculus Founders Palmer Luckey, Nate Mitchell, Brendan Iribe and Oculus Story Studio Creative Director Saschka Unseld.
A month ago Oculus released the first details about Henry.