Obtainable in the present day on Quest by means of App Lab, AmazeVR and Megan Thee Stallion’s VR live performance ‘Enter Thee Hottieverse’ is the blueprint for a correctly immersive, made-for-VR live performance expertise.
VR live shows are available in many kinds and so, for probably the most half, are a fairly combined bag. The most typical kind is these present in Horizon Venues, which might typically be 2D video streams of stay live shows projected onto a big display screen in VR so that you can watch by your self or with others.
Whereas there’s some worth to be present in these experiences, they’re removed from excellent and sometimes nearer to a livestream than one thing designed particularly for VR. A brand new VR live performance expertise that includes Megan Thee Stallion (most well-known for ‘WAP’, her 2020 mega hit collaboration with Cardi B) trades the social advantages of locations like Horizon Venues for one thing that’s completely extra immersive, well-designed and distinctive to VR.
The result’s the VR live performance expertise ‘Enter The Hottieverse’, which first launched as a location-based expertise accessible in AMC theatres across the US, however is out there extra broadly on Quest headsets from in the present day through App Lab. This isn’t your common, pre-filmed live performance stream projected in VR, however as an alternative a custom-built world you journey by means of, watching Megan carry out a collection of hits proper in entrance of you. The most effective a part of Enter the Hottieverse is that Megan herself is displayed in 3D and built-in into the digital ‘Hottieverse’ world. At first, it’s nearly confronting seeing such a excessive decision and life like model of Megan dancing and rapping in entrance you – it’s extremely convincing and appears implausible.
Whereas different live shows merely use a 2D video stream projected on an enormous display screen, that is the true deal and totally immersive. The manufacturing degree is like no different VR live performance I’ve seen. AmazeVR filmed model new content material for the expertise with Megan performing towards a greenscreen for a 3D digital camera, as pictured above. The top consequence allowed Amaze VR to merge the true world 3D seize of Megan’s efficiency seamlessly into the digital world – it’s like having entrance row seats to a new-age digital efficiency.
It does have some limitations, because it’s not a real volumetric seize of Megan. Which means you’re viewing the 3D footage from the identical angle because the digital camera always, so you may’t drastically transfer your head or stroll round to get a view from a special angle. Should you strive, Megan’s place and the world will transfer with you to maintain the angle constant. It’s not a dealbreaker although, because the expertise nonetheless works splendidly whereas seated and the digital camera will pan your view round to completely different angles all through the efficiency.
The app is free to obtain with an in-app buy to entry the total efficiency, which incorporates 4 songs – Physique, Kitty Kat, Thot Shit and Savage. It’s rated “Mature 17+” for “Suggestive Themes, Sturdy Language”.
You begin your Hottieverse expertise in a retrowave-inspired hub, the place you may choose a cartridge for a person tune or select to expertise all 4 tracks collectively as a back-to-back efficiency. There’s a small quantities of interactivity accessible as properly – as you wave your digital Contact controller arms in entrance of you, they’ll emanate completely different results for every tune, for instance. It’s finally nothing game-changing, however the small quantity of interactivity on supply is simply sufficient to raise the expertise above a solely spectator expertise to one thing a tad extra immersive.
The one catch with the live performance is that’s it’s a solo expertise, with no choices to observe it alongside different individuals or your mates. It’s the one component of the normal live performance expertise that’s lacking, but it surely’s additionally largely forgivable. The underside line is that the manufacturing degree and uniqueness accessible right here is miles above what you get elsewhere. Coming from flat projections of 2D filmed performances, this immersive 3D world created by AmazeVR for Megan Thee Stallion is on an entire different degree.
Should you’re a fan of Megan Thee Stallion otherwise you’re simply fascinated with testing the newest and most progressive VR live performance expertise, then Enter the Hottieverse is certainly price testing. You may discover it on App Lab for Quest headsets now.