'Game of Thrones' and the Oculus Rift took me from Austin to Westeros
Last month in New York HBO launched the latest version of Game of Thrones: The Exhibition. It’s a museum-style tour that offers a glimpse at the props, costumes, and models used in the making of the show, and it featured the soft launch of an Oculus Rift-powered experience that takes viewers inside George R.R. Martin’s mythical land of Westeros. An expanded version of the showcase is here at South By Southwest, and the unmistakeable highlight is the fully-realized version of the Oculus experience. Now incorporating 4D elements such as wind blasts and vibration, it’s a reminder that while the Oculus Rift can be arresting unto itself, it’s when designers and developers begin toying with the rest of our senses that real magic can happen.