IMAX Virtual Reality Coming in Q4 2016


IMAX screens are big, very big. But Virtual Reality can be better, period. That is why the folks at IMAX are teaming up with Starbreeze to bring their 210-degree field of view (FOV) headsets to select IMAX locations starting in Los Angeles, followed by London, New York and Shanghai.

210-Degree Field Of View You Say?

Yeah, you heard that right. The Starbreeze VR headset, built by ACER, expands on the 100-110 degree FOV from the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift to a full 210-degree field of view. The increased FOV is provided by two displays with a combined resolution of 5120 x 1440. The increased resolution appears far higher than the Vive and Rift resolution of 2160x1200, but this is stretched out over 210-degrees rather than 100-110. The resulting screen door effect from my experience is similar to the existing headsets from Oculus and HTC, albeit over a much wider field of view.

Audio is provided via a headphone jack and 3D audio is supported.

IMAX VR Content

Starbreeze is working on several high-quality experiences. The studio is currently working on John Wick VR with Lionsgate and Wevr and has already been demoing a Walking Dead experience which involves players sitting in a virtual wheelchair wielding a shotgun like controller.


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