This week’s Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) Conference and Expo in San Jose, California, USA, saw a large emphasis placed on both videogames and the technology itself. But there was also some talk of VR films at the event, including a major announcement by Penrose, a VR studio headed up by Oculus VR’s Head of Film & Media and co-creator of the company’s new Oculus Story Studio initiative, Eugene Chung. The company has this week released its new VR film, The Rose and I, for a limited time for anyone with an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
Anyone hoping to download The Rose and I must first follow Penrose’s Twitter account, then simply tweet ‘#theroseandi’ to the company. Penrose will then send you a private download link to the title for viewing with a development kit for the Oculus Rift within the next week. The offer is only available for a limited time and it’s not clear when and how The Rose and I will next be made available. The version released here is actually a Beta for the Developer’s Cut of the film.
The Rose and I is actually a VR adaption of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s popular novella, The Little Prince, which itself is no stranger to VR translations. The piece was developed using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.
“I’m delighted that we can share our small part in moving VR as an art form forward,” Chung himself said in a blog following the announcement. “If even only a few can see this film and feel some fraction of the magic that I felt when I first discovered Presence, then we will have done our small part in baking the pie.”
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