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Kevin Spacey: Oculus Rift ‘opened my eyes’ to VR in Theatre

Some of the biggest names in the movie industry have recgonised the potential of virtual reality (VR) technology in 2014. Directors such as James Cameron and Guillermo Del Toro have expressed excitement for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). In fact the latter has already been seen working with VR, having revealed the Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot experience for both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. This week sees legendary actor and House of Cards star Kevin Spacey talk about the device and how it had opened his eyes to the possibility of VR and theatre applications.

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According to International Business Times, Spacey spoke about the Oculus Rift at IAB MIXX 2014. “I think the games industry is slowly moving into the film business, to tell stories and to do so with an actor like me,” the actor said. “The Oculus Rift opened my eyes to the possibility of virtual reality in the theater world. Imagine slipping on the goggles and suddenly you’re in the front row of the Sydney Opera House, or in the pit of a theater as it was in the 1600s, or you’re on stage running lines with actors. The technology has arrived, it’s up to us to see how to apply it.”

Spacey will be seen later on the in the year as a character in the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The actor didn’t comment on if he himself would like to appear in VR experiences although given his approach to new concepts such as Netflix streaming with House of Cards, it’s doubtful that he would reject the idea. Earlier this week the first VR viewable series were announced for release in 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with all the latest news and updates.