The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have been available to PC owners for nearly half a year now, and while both of them boast a swath of great content, the price of entry has been too high for many potential users to jump into just yet. In addition to the Virtual Reality hardware, the systems require a top-of-the-line PC to adequately power the high-end VR simulations.
For those looking to try out VR at a more entry-level price, Google Cardboard will transform compatible smartphones into a serviceable headset for a number of available experiences. One distributor of such VR content is YouTube, whose smartphone app provides an option to explore content that is meant to be viewed on the Google Cardboard platform. Now it sounds like horror-loving Google Cardboard users are going to have a glut of new content to enjoy come Halloween.
Producer Jason Blum (The Purge: Election Year, Hush) and Blumhouse Productions have announced that they will be working with over 100 YouTube content creators using Google’s Jump Cameras to produce a series of Horror VR Videos for their 2016 Halloween Production Program. The goal of these videos? To answer the question "What's your worst fear?"
Blum talked a bit about the goal of this new endeavor:
"Our company loves telling scary stories on all platforms so we are excited to partner with YouTube to find out what scares its incredible community the most. The most frightening places are actually the ones where you feel safe and secure so it will be a lot of fun to experiment with the eerie hotel rooms YouTube built and see what happens when we turn the camera around on their creators."
Chris D'Angelo, the Global Director of Production and Programming for YouTube Spaces also talked up the collaborative effort:
"Jason Blum and his team at Blumhouse are horror visionaries and an ideal partner to help empower our YouTube creators to serve up the scares. YouTube Spaces has become a place where leaders from across the media landscape come to engage with the next generation of storytellers. We wanted to blur the lines between fiction and reality, and increase the fright factor by using virtual reality in this year’s program."
All of the stories will take place on sets known as "Room 301", but they will differ in aesthetic from city to city - Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Berlin, Toronto and New York. YouTube's creators will come from all around the world. LA talent will include Markiplier, Vitalyzdtv, KrazyRayRay, The Gabbie Show, Josh Paler Lin, Hopsin, TechnoBuffalo, Chachi Gonzales, and KarenO. Representing Toronto will be Furious Pete and LaToyaForever. San Paulo creators will include Galo Frito, Luba, PC Siqueira, Jovem Nerd, and Rolê Gourmet. And rounding out the list are Fischer's (Tokyo), Seb La Frite (Paris), Coby Persin (New York), and Jay & Arya (Berlin).
With any luck, this endeavor will give on-the-fence consumers a few more solid reasons to give VR a shot. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news on the burgeoning VR front as it hits.
The VR 2016 Halloween Production Program videos are scheduled to go live between October 20, 2016 and Halloween.
Source: YouTube Spaces, Jason Blum & Blumhouse Productions