VR Highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Include Ready Player One And Marvel


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Florian de Gesincourt http://www.degesart.com.

San Diego Comic-Con is this week and VR is poised to have its strongest presence ever.

Some of the virtual worlds to visit at the enormous fan convention are likely still under wraps, but we know two major VR-related projects are likely to anchor the week.

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One will have a major presence with a panel on Saturday including Spielberg, book author Ernest Cline, co-screenwriter Zak Penn and the film’s stars.  The project is somewhat divisive, with some VR fans who didn’t like the book’s writing or reliance on ’80s references, while others that did enjoy it are worried about Spielberg’s take on the vision of a future overtaken by VR. This panel will shed a lot of light on the project, which is scheduled to release next year. Warner Bros. panel in Hall H starting at 11:30 am Pacific on Saturday, July 22.

We also know that Marvel Powers United VR will be playable at Comic-Con. The VR project from Sanzaru Games and Disney’s Marvel is coming to the Oculus Rift exclusively next year and represents one of the biggest name projects ever to come to virtual reality. There are almost two dozen films as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, seemingly each of them blockbusters, as well as TV shows spanning Netflix and ABC. This means there are more fans than ever of Marvel’s superheroes, and getting to embody these characters in VR could be just the thing to convince people VR headsets are worth buying. Attendees can try out Marvel Powers United VR at the Marvel Booth, Booth 2329.

The below isn’t an exhaustive list of what will be there but it includes some of the experiences and panels that caught our eye.

Worlds To Visit

The Tick: Amazon lists a “virtual reality escape room” as part of its promotion of the live-actions version of The Tick. Sunday, July 23 from 8 am to 6 pm Pacific in MLK Promenade Park at 326 West Harbor Drive.

Blade Runner 2049: An Oculus VR experience will take people inside the future envisioned in the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 film.  You don’t need a Comic-Con badge to see this from Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23.  Hours are 10 am – 7 pm on Thursday and Friday; 9 am – 7 pm on Saturday; 10 am – 6 pm on Sunday. Appointments can be made same day and admission is free.

IT: An IT-inspired virtual reality installation is said to be available from Thursday to Sunday in the area of Petco Park. There’s a creepy school bus from the film and “FLOAT: A Cinematic VR Experience” in the Interactive Zone across from Petco Park.

The Futurism & Tech Pavilion: A number of VR and AR experiences will be on display throughout the week at the Omni San Diego Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 4th Floor. Hours are Wed., 7/19: Developer & Public Preview, 6:00–9:00 pm; Thu.–Sat., 7/20-7/22: 9:30 am – 7 pm; Sun., 7/23: 9:30 am–5 pm. Check out the full run-down:

The Futurism & Tech Pavilion is excited to show […]

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