What do you get when you combine Professor X's Cerebro and the Oculus Rift? You get a fun experience at Comic-Con that lets you track (or hunt down) mutants in virtual reality - and if you're as awkward as I was, a video of yourself looking like an idiot.
We all agree that X-Men: Days of Future Past was one of the best movies of the summer and in recent Marvel movie memory. There are several mutants that pop up in the movie, and the use of Cerebro is key for Charles Xavier in his quest to stop the abysmal future that awaits the 70′s era X-Men. With the movie coming out on DVD & Blu-ray October 14th, 2014, the folks at Fox set up a booth at the San Diego Comic-Con that allows you to experience the full power of Cerebro with the help from an Oculus Rift headset.
For those that don’t know, the Oculus Rift is a headset for 3D gaming that puts you in a virtual reality environment so you can be fully immersed in the experience. Admittedly, this was my first experience with the Oculus Rift as the last time I did virtual reality was more than a decade ago, so I had no idea what to expect. The booth was called the X-Men Cerebro Experience, and the goal was that you have to put on the fancy Cerebro helmet (in the real world, the Oculus Rift headset) and with the help of Professor X, you have to locate Mystique somewhere in the masses of San Diego and withstand any attacks or distractions as you try to locate her. You have three minutes to find, locate and dispatch the rest of the X-Men to her location.
After getting settled in, they sat me down into a familiar wheelchair and put on the headset as well as the headphones and asked me throw up the thumbs up once I came into the virtual environment. With that, I was transported to the Cerebro room and the path lay ahead for me to put on the helmet and find that elusive shape-shifter. The environment was definitely cool to witness as you’re able to move your head and neck and look at all sorts of angles to see the different parts of the room. With that, you put on the virtual Cerebro helmet and you’re off to concentrate on finding Mystique from different points across the room. The video below showed off the experience because I’m sure my descriptions can’t do justice on the visuals you see in the headset.
Again, this was done in conjunction with Fox to promote the X-Men: Complete Collection Blu-ray release that comes with all five X-movies, including Days of Future Past and the two Wolverine movies in one giant set. Not only that, but you get a nifty collector’s edition Cerebro helmet, so keep an eye out on October 14, 2014 for the new movie and the new set coming out.
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Images: 20th Century Fox, Chris Tansuche