Earlier in the week VRFocus reported on a new initiative from leisure travel company Thomas Cook Group that allowed customers to use a Gear VR virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) to experience certain locations before booking a holiday to that destination. It’s one of the first examples of the exciting concept of virtual tourism, and how it could enrich the industry. Less than a week later and another such experience has been released based on the famous Neon Museum located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This free experience, developed by Massive Square, allows users to put on an Oculus Rift HMD or smartphone-based HMD and view 360 degree imagess of certain areas within the museum. The museum itself collects signs from old casinos and other businesses, putting them on display across an area of 6 acres. Users will be able to guide themselves through locations including the museum’s front, visitor centre and outdoor area. The outside area in particular is littered with signs to explore, making for one of the most colourful VR experiences to date.
On PC, The Neon Museum can be downloaded at no cost via the official Oculus VR Share Beta, a software portal for VR experiences running on the Oculus Rift. It supports both the device’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2). It’s also available on both the iOS and Android operating system (OS) stores respectively. The mobile version of the app offers VR compatibility with cardboard smartphone-based HMDs such as Google Cardboard but can also be used without them. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates.