The last episode may have aired in 1998, but that doesn’t invalidate the demand and need to carry on the legacy of the comedy show, and even less the experience of Jerry Seinfeld’s flat. One of the latest ventures into VR takes a hold of that nostalgia and Jerry Seinfeld’s flat in VR, dubbed Jerry’s Place VR, and it is coming to the commercial releases of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Jerry’s Place VR is a non-profit project that has been born out of fun and developed with Unity to bring other like minded fans into a world they have been familiar with. It has already been released but only on the previous developer versions of the Oculus Rift. On the official website for this VR app, the developer explains his thinking and motivation behind making the flat: “Television is virtual reality in some ways. We make believe that Jerry’s place is actually a Manhattan studio and Monks Cafe is just down the street. We suspend the reality that his apartment is just a set in Hollywood, with tons of cameras and lighting dangling overhead.
“I thought it would be a novel virtual reality experience to take a place that only exists in Hollywood magic, and make it for the Oculus Rift as if it were real.”
There has been an update with the lighting and graphics since the developer versions, and in addition to these tweaks Jerry’s Place VR has also been added to VRChat, meaning multiplayer support for the app as well as expansions including over 100 items that can now be picked up and played with.
There is no set date for these updates to be set into motion, but the release for the Oculus Rift CV1 and consumer HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMD) as well as VRChat is “soon”. For more on this as well as the latest news and updates in the world of VR, make sure to check back with VRFocus.