VRFocus reported all the way back in June of a collaboration between Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), Sony Pictures Entertainment, and IMAX Corporation to create Can You Walk the Walk? A virtual reality (VR) experience putting you right out onto a high-wire walk between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.
The video below is by NukeTheFridge.com, showing the demonstration event which took place at SIGGRAPH 2015 in August. Can You Walk the Walk? gives a first-person look at something only one person has ever or will ever see, by allowing users using the Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) onto the wire walked by Philippe Petit in the 1970s.
In the accompanying film, The Walk, Philippe Petit (Gordon-Levitt), guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), is aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, who overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.
“We’ve been thrilled with the reception Project Morpheus has received within the gaming community, and we look forward to giving a broader audience a chance to experience virtual reality from PlayStation,” said Phil Rosenberg, senior vice president, business development and publisher relations, SCEA in a statement. “VR is a powerful new medium, and ‘Can You Walk the Walk?’ demonstrates the potential for this exciting technology outside of gaming.”
Can You Walk the Walk? will begin a global thirteen city tour beginning this month, and The Walk, opens in IMAX Theatres in the US on 30th September and goes on wider release on 9th October 2015.?
VRFocus will continue to report on further releases using the Project Morpheus HMD as details are announced.