Disney's ever expanding universe has arrived at a new dimension with the release of the Disney Movies VR app on Steam.
The Disney Movies VR app is described as a "fully immersive Disney experience," where users will be able to visit themed worlds including those created by Marvel and Lucasfilm. Users will be able to interact with characters in scenes from several Disney movies, which for now include The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Disney Movies VR is compatible with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and can be downloaded for free.
The app was launched without much fanfare on May 17, with the accompanying video on the app's Steam page showing a fireworks display in front of Cinderella's castle in Disneyland; interaction with characters from The Jungle Book; and scenes of flying through Jakku as featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and standing by as a helicarrier flies over the Avengers Tower.
The idea of the Disney Movies VR app sounds like a great one, but early reviews have been mixed.
Comments made by Redditors reveal that the app is mostly made up of 360-degree videos, which are not as immersive as actual virtual content, but certain reviews on the Steam page claim to have found the user interface of the app as a positive experience.
The big news that comes with the launch of the Disney Movies VR app is that big-name media companies such as Disney could finally be taking the plunge into virtual reality, which means high-quality content could be coming in the near future.
Star Wars fans may find the Disney Movies VR app disappointing, but a better virtual reality experience could be on its way. In March, Industrial Light & Magic teased Trials on Tatooine, where players will take on the role of a young Kylo Ren as they wield lightsabers and marvel at the Millennium Falcon.