Virtual reality promises to upend digital life as we know it. Gaming, shopping, teleconferencing, education, actual human screwing — in the next 10 years, VR is going to transform them all. (Heck, maybe even in just five.) First, though, it’s trying to change one of our most basic entertainment experiences, namely, how we sit in a dark room and watch movies together.
When I heard the world’s first permanent VR cinemas had opened in Amsterdam and Berlin, I was instantly curious. Would it be a lifelike, immersive experience in 360 degrees? Or are early adopters destined to be guinea pigs for a still-fledgling technology?