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Fox 'Martian' VR Experience Preview Debuts With Samsung's Gear VR

22 Nov, 2015 By: Stephanie Prange

Ushering in a brand-new era of immersive virtual reality entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Fox Innovation Lab, RSA Films and The VR Company have partnered with Samsung for an exclusive sneak peek of The Martian VR Experience to coincide with the launch of the new $99 Samsung Gear VR headset.

This preview, available exclusively on Samsung’s Milk VR service, allows viewers to fly onto the surface of Mars and experience key scenes from the upcoming VR adventure based on the film in a 360-degree virtual reality environment.

The full Martian VR Experience (coming in 2016 on tethered devices) is executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Robert Stromberg. The interactive, immersive adventure runs 15 minutes to 20 minutes, with viewers participating from astronaut Mark Watney’s perspective, performing tasks that will facilitate his chances for survival and rescue.

Fox’s VR initiatives reside within the Fox Innovation Lab, which is designed to create a collaborative environment for key technology partners to develop next-generation entertainment experiences and distribution platforms. 

The Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus reportedly sold at out several outlets upon its debut Nov. 20. It is compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 (via update), Galaxy S6 edge+ (via update), Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge mobile devices. It has been available for preorder since Nov. 10 at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and Samsung.com. In addition to viewing The Martian VR Experience preview, Samsung Gear VR users can play dozens of new made-for-VR games that are coming to the Oculus platform this year; view a wide range of content from Milk VR; watch Netflix; and explore Oculus Video, where viewers can watch thousands of videos and films from Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Twitch and Vimeo.

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