Earlier this month cinematic virtual reality (VR) company Jaunt revealed a new VR experience based on The Hobbit movie franchise to celebrate the release of the last entry in the series, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The piece, titled The Hobbit VR Experience, was recently launched on the Android mobile operating system (OS) as a free app with full support for the Google Cardboard smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). Now it has also arrived on the Oculus Rift HMD for both PC and Mac.
The Hobbit VR Experience takes viewers to The Shire, an area of the fictional Middle-earth universe, first created in the books by J.R.R. Tolkien. The audience is treated to a 360 degree view of this peaceful area as they follow Gandalf, the iconic wizard portrayed in the movies by Sir Ian McKellen, as he walks around setting off fireworks, similar to his introduction in the first Middle-earth movie, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. It’s a short piece, lasting just a few minutes in total.
The experience can currently be downloaded for free over on Jaunt’s official website. It’s not the only VR experience that Jaunt has recently released on Oculus Rift; both its VR photoshoot experience with The Voice runner up Jacquie Lee and a 360 degree music video from up-and-coming pop band R5 are also now available, having first released on Cardboard. Also available is a live performance of ‘Live and Let Die‘ from Sir Paul McCartney, the first video that Jaunt released just a month ago. Still to come is the Oculus Rift version of 360 degree live performances from Jack White, formerly of The White Stripes.
VRFocus will continue to follow Jaunt’s work in VR, reporting back with any further updates from the company.