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Immerse yourself in ‘Ready Player One’ with HTC's VR experiences

Immerse yourself in ‘Ready Player One’ with HTC's VR experiences, arriving first in 'VR Arcades' across the US.


The upcoming Spielberg-directed nostalgia orgy Ready Player One depicts a run-down future where the only escape is diving into a fully immersive cyberspace. Soon, you'll be able to visit that digital world, too, when HTC's Vive Studios releases a slew of VR experiences created by a variety of developers. They'll be available to download later in March, but first they'll come to events and 'VR Arcades' across the US -- including at South By Southwest.

The series of experiences are pretty diverse, from an avatar creator to player-vs-AI horde mode games to several 3D reboots of old 80s classics (including Gauntlet and a faux-Breakout). One of them recreates Ready Player One's zero-gravity dance club scene in virtual reality, with 80s music and custom avatars -- and if you're at SXSW, you can experience it there with a live in-VR DJ set by the film's star Tye Sheridan.