What better way to forget the experience of a coach passenger than to don a VR headset in first class and watch Ready Player One in 3D?
That’s the pilot project being tested by Alaska Airlines with a basic VR headset built only for 3D and 360-degree movie viewing. The service is called “Allosky Cinematic VR” from a company called SkyLights and it is being tested as a first class amenity on-board Seattle-Boston and Boston-San Diego routes.
What’s interesting to me is the use of specialized hardware here instead of, say, an Oculus Go or Gear VR. Instead, this is a headset purpose-built for 3D movies and 180-degree or 360-degree VR films. I fully expect some comments on this article to argue whether you can have a “VR experience” in this kind of system at all.
The headset is said to offer “a selection of 2D and 3D blockbusters” including “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Spielberg’s Ready Player One in 3D, and Ferdinand for the kids.” It also comes preloaded with some 360-degree films.