Watch the host of Viceland’s ‘Most Expensivest’ go hands on with a 12-minute VR movie with haptic feedback.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Viceland television series Most Expensivest, the offbeat show follows superstar rapper 2 Chainz as he leads viewers on a guided tour of the world’s most outrageously expensive goods and services. After only one seaosn the eccentric entertainer has pet $165,000 kittens, drank a $100,000 bottle of water, inhaled $10,000 air in a can, and eaten $500 gold-coated popcorn.
On tonight’s episode, 2 Chainz sets his sights on an expensive new VR movie experience that utilizes haptic feedback technology to deliver an immersive cinematic experience. A 12-minute animated VR film designed for child audiences, Raising a Ruckus follows twins Amy and Jonas as they discover a hidden magical world with the help of their mysterious new pup, Ruckus. Branching narratives powered by gaze-based technology allows users to choose their own story depending on where their attention is fixated.
In the episode, 2 Chainz is strapped into an HTC Vive VR headset ($600) while sitting in D-BOX 4D motion chair ($5,000 – $10,000), providing realistic movement and vibrations during key parts of the action-packed VR movie.
Based on the short preview provided, it appears as though 2 Chainz fully enjoyed his time within the light-hearted children’s adventure. Some choice quotes from his experience being:
“Oh, this cool.”
“This cool as hell, man.”
“Man, we on a dinosaur!”
Developed by The Virtual Reality Company, the children’s VR film cost a total of $3 million USD to produce, more than enough to earn a spot on Most Expensivest.
Season two, episode two airs tonight at 10pm Pacific only on Viceland.
Raising a Ruckus is available for download now via the Oculus Store for $3.99. This is just episode one of an ongoing series from the Academy Award winning production designer of Avatar and director of Maleficent.
Image Credit: Viceland / The Virtual Reality Company