Oculus VR is teaming with 20th Century Fox to deliver 100 movies from the studio’s library to the Facebook-owned company’s virtual-reality headsets, the companies announced Thursday.
Fox and Lionsgate were the first major Hollywood studios to partner with Oculus, which plans to release its Rift headset in the first quarter of 2016. The films will also be viewable on Samsung’s Gear VR headset, which is due in stores in November at a list price of $99.
Fox titles that will be offered via Oculus Video include “Alien,” “Birdman,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Taken,” “The Maze Runner,” “Die Hard,” “Cast Away,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Predator.”
“VR Cinema is a new way of presenting our movies, and has the opportunity to bring in mass market consumers to virtual reality. With Oculus Video, we are leveraging the scale and flexibility of mobile, while continuing to deliver a powerful, emotional experience for consumers,” Mike Dunn, president of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, said in a statement.
The companies made the announcement at Oculus Connect developer’s conference in Hollywood.
Oculus also announced that it had signed deals with video game companies Sega, Midway and Bandai Namco Entertainment to create Gear VR versions of classic games like “Pac Man,” “Spy Hunter” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.”
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