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Grand Expanse (Steam VR)

Grand Expanse (Steam VR)

Grand Expanse (Steam VR)

System: Valve Index, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift
Price at Time Of Review: £0.79
Comfort Rating: Green
Genre: Non-Interactive Experience
Input: Keyboard & Mouse
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: PG
VR Shop Score 1/100: 60

Description: Transport yourself to another world in this surreal mobile VR music video for Martina Sorbara and The Tiny Sun’s track “Grand Expanse”. The project was co-developed by Tendril and Drew Lightfoot (of Someplace Nice) as a design-driven VR music video in early 2015 for Samsung Gear. The dreamlike experience was created by using a combination of beautifully constructed 3D + 2D assets. The finishing touch was our heroine Martina Sorbara’s performance, captured live as point cloud data that was then projected into the 360-degree animated wonderland — culminating in an immersive ‘grand expanse’. Built to be an age-neutral and inclusive experience, the participant needs only to gently move their head around in order to calmly interact with this ethereal space.

Review: Grand Expanse is a short 2-minute VR music video that is non-interactive, but I will say it is a treat for the ears and eyes. You don’t need to have heard of Canadian singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara before and maybe this short music video will make you fall in love with her music, but there is a small £0.79 fee that most people are probably not willing to pay. This really should have been free in order to promote the singer’s music, so because of the fee I only really suggest trying it you already love the singer’s music.

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