I’ve always wanted to go to Mars. I don’t have the brains or the endless cash reserves of Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos, though. What I do have is PlayStation VR. That, or a HTC Vive, is all you need to play a 30-minute interactive cinematic vignette from Ridley Scott’s The Martian on your PlayStation 4 or gaming PC.
The Martian VR Experience isn’t just some tacked-on extra cash-in for the movie, though; it’s executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by visual effects guru Robert Stromberg, who’s previously worked on Game of Thrones, Life of Pi and Boardwalk Empire. It’s also the first virtual reality creation from the Fox Innovation Lab, a standalone group within Fox that works with the movie production department to create new and slightly different entertainment.
Half-way between a game and a movie, The Martian VR is a pretty damn bold step forward for Fox — it costs roughly what a pair of movie tickets would, lasts around half an hour per play-through, and it’ll be one of the watermarks that helps the entertainment industry decide whether cinematic virtual reality is something worth investing in, or whether the 50-foot silver screen is still the place to put its money.
You can get The Martian VR Experience on PlayStation VR and through SteamVR for the HTC Vive today, both priced at $29.95. It’s also on the way to the Oculus Store in the near future. [Fox VR]