RiftyBusiness | ROSE For Gear VR, A Short & Sweet Animated Experience

04 Dec 15
ROSE For Gear VR, A Short & Sweet Animated Experience

ROSE For Gear VR is a short animated experience released for free on the Oculus Store. Created by Penrose studio, ROSE, under the tile “The Rose And I” was present at the Sundance Film Festival 2016. Created with the Unreal Engine, the official Unreal Engine Blog announced ROSE’s appearance at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

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We’re thrilled to announce that Penrose’s VR film “The Rose And I”, built with Unreal Engine 4, will make its World Premiere in the New Frontier section at the Sundance Film Festival 2016. A mobile VR preview of this film, titled “Rosebud”, can be seen in Penrose’s ROSE app, which will be released today for the Gear VR in the Oculus Store.

To date, cinematic experiences for the Samsung Gear VR have largely centered around 360 video. When we wanted to release Penrose’s first piece for the Gear VR, we initially thought about crafting a pre-rendered, 360-degree video of our PC-based VR film “The Rose And I”.

But after creating this recording, we realized its limitations: no parallax, lower resolution, lower quality 3D, and lower immersion because the viewer is unable to move around or interact with the world. We therefore began the more difficult but exciting exploration of porting our PC VR experience over to mobile VR with Unreal Engine 4.

Unreal Engine Blog

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The ROSE experience places you in space floating among a different number of planets, objects and more. Using the Gear VR’s trackpad you can move and rotate a small planet around the map. After a short while of moving the planet around a small animated character pops out of one of the planet’s craters and begins interacting with the planet’s surface. The story is simple and fits well in the VR environment. With pleasent sounds and music ROSE is a very somber VR experience and a good example on how to do simple storytelling in virtual reality.

Penrose Studios Homepage

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