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Legendary VR on Google Cardboard

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 12:24 pm by Justin Cavender

Google Cardboard

During our visit last week to San Diego Comic-Con we had the opportunity to get a first look at Legendary VR on Google Cardboard. The fine folks at Legendary brought with them three unique VR experiences for attendees to enjoy including Warcraft: The Skies of Azeroth, Beware Crimson Peak, and Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot. Be sure to check them out by using the Legendary VR app available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

Warcraft: The Skies of Azeroth gives you a bird’s eye view of Stormwind as you fly on the back of a gryphon. Using Google Cardboard with your smartphone allows for a full 360 degree range of motion. You can look up, down, forward and behind you as if you were actually riding a gryphon above the city.

Beware Crimson Peak gives you a short tour of the creepy house featured in Legendary’s upcoming feature film, Crimson Peak. The video is narrated by Tom Hiddleston and delivers a taste of terror before the end.

Finally we got another look at Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot, which we received a demo for last year using the Oculus Rift. Here you step into the shoes of a Jaeger pilot and go head-to-head against a ferocious Kaiju.

The two big takeaways for me after using Legendary VR are the use of short form entertainment and the potential of Google Cardboard. Obviously VR is not for everyone. I can’t say I have much in the way of VR experiences, but I’m not entirely sure I could enjoy playing a video game for several hours while jacked into a VR universe. However, by limiting the videos to three minutes or less I’m far more likely to experience the wow-factor and be left satisfied before I get bored or even suffer from motion sickness.

Google Cardboard Complete

Obviously, there are plenty of folks out there who would agree VR is just a gimmick and has no place in their world of entertainment–especially given the potential cost of hardware. That’s where Google Cardboard has the opportunity to get an edge on the competition and secure a foothold on the VR market. Almost anyone with a smartphone can use and enjoy Google Cardboard right now. This means you already have the hardware to enjoy VR and you only need a viewer, which by the way you can make at home with just a few household tools and of course, cardboard!

Virtual Reality has seen vast improvements over the course of the last thirty years, but interestingly enough VR is still very much in its infancy. That might sound a little crazy, especially to those of you that remember the movie The Lawnmower Man (1992), where a relatively simple man is turned into a villain by way of computer science and virtual reality. This movie was released 23 years ago and consumers still haven’t found a use for VR in their homes. Will Google Cardboard close the gap on VR and consumers or will it just get chucked in the trash after the first three minute video ends? Let us know in the comments below.

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