SXSW 2018: TheWaveVR Brings Zero-Gravity Club Scene From Ready Player One To HTC Vive

The Distracted Globe is coming to HTC's VR headsets during SXSW 2018 and will be available to non-attendees later in the month.


Popular gaming mainstays like Duke Nukem and Spartans from the Halo franchise have been spotted in the trailers for the upcoming film Ready Player One and the full movie will be filled to the brim with more similar easter eggs. The book was a nostalgic calling card and the film will include more modern pop culture references in its fictional virtual world The Oasis  and some creators are bringing that fiction to life at this year's SXSW. TheWaveVR, HTC Vive, and Warner Bros are teaming up to bring an iconic scene into VR along with a DJ performance by Tye Sheridan.

If you've seen the trailers for Ready Player One, chances are you've seen teases for the zero-gravity dance club called The Distracted Globe. TheWaveVR has built a virtual version of the dance party as an immersive experience for SXSW, starting on March 9, 2018. If you're not attending SXSW, you can still try the experience out starting on March 15, 2018, via the TheWaveVR social VR app which is available on Steam.

“This is a big moment for VR. ‘Ready Player One’ is essentially taking VR performances and features we’ve been delivering to our community and propelling them into the mainstream for anyone to see just what VR is capable of,” said Adam Arrigo, TheWaveVR CEO and co-founder. “We were really inspired by the visuals of this scene, and wanted to let people experience this idea of a futuristic dance club first hand. It was such a natural fit, since we’ve been building the tech platform that already makes it possible.”

We at Shacknews will be attending SXSW 2018 and will be sharing our impressions of this VR experience very soon. Stay tuned for our continued covered of SXSW 2018, which takes place March in Austin, TX

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