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.