Recently Samsung debuted a new, non-interactive VR experience titled “The Night Before.” This 3D-VR short video allows users to experience Santa’s sleigh ride from Santa’s home, around the world, and into space, then back to New York City. Although this ride is non-interactive (aside from looking around the 360-degree space), it’s a fun little video that kids can enjoy.
The VR and motion features do a fairly decent job immersing the viewer into the combined CG and live-video world. Overall, the production values and acting are respectable and should be serviceable for the intended audience.
Samsung labels the journey as a 4D VR experience, but never really defines what the extra dimension this video brings. It’s short for sure, but it’s nice to see that Samsung continues to add content for the Gear VR headset. If you have a Gear VR headset and you’re itching for some extra Christmas spirit, “The Night Before” is worth checking out in the Samsung VR application.
Visit Samsung’s newsroom site here for more information including scheduled mall hours for a dedicated sleigh-ride experience.