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'Top Gun' Coming to Bigscreen VR Platform

20 Dec, 2017 By: John Latchem

Virtual reality social platform Bigscreen is hosting a 3D screening of Paramount Home Media Distribution’s Top Gun. Beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Dec. 29, fans can enter Bigscreen’s virtual theater lobby and have the option of meeting friends before entering the cinemas to watch Top Gun in 3D. The film will be shown at regular intervals for a period of 24 hours.

Bigscreen utilizes virtual reality to simulate an actual theater for users, including watching movies on a giant screen with immersive sound and lighting. With voice chat and avatars, Bigscreen also offers a social experience, allowing users in different locations to feel like they are sitting next to their friends watching movies or TV shows, browsing the Web, and more.

“This is an innovative way to bring the immersive and social movie theater experience into the comfort of the home,” said Darshan Shankar, CEO and founder of Bigscreen.

“Bigscreen’s virtual reality platform offers a new way for fans to experience films in their homes,” said Bob Buchi, president of worldwide home media distribution at Paramount Pictures. “We’re excited to be a part of this experiment using cutting-edge technology to give fans a new entertainment option.”

The screening is available only to people in the United States, and requires a VR headset and Windows 10 PC. Supported VR headsets include the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, all SteamVR-compatible headsets, and all Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Users can view Top Gun for free by downloading Bigscreen’s free application from the Oculus Store, Steam Store, or the Microsoft Store.

For full showtime information, visit bigscreenvr.com/topgun.

Bigscreen is planning to screen additional movies, TV shows and other video content on a regular basis starting in 2018.

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