Raise an eyebrow at Facebook’s recent activities? Love VR? Have I got news for you…

Silicon Valley: Inside the Hacker Hostel, the immersive VR experience inspired by the Emmy®-winning comedy series from Mike Judge and Alec Berg, created by the visionaries at REWIND, is released.

Fans can download the VR experience via Viveport, HTC Vive’s global platform, and app store. The VR release coincides with the premiere of Silicon Valley season five.

The experience was developed in Unreal Engine 4, and built for the HTC Vive. According to the press release, the REWIND team worked tirelessly to create an authentic virtual version of the Hacker Hostel, a central part of the HBO show. 3DS Max & Maya were used to faithfully recreate the Hacker Hostel environment from top-down blueprints of the actual set, and photo references were used to replicate the materials for all of the assets in Substance Designer and Substance Painter. The team also had the opportunity to visit the show’s set, taking HDR 360 Captures of each of the rooms, in order to replicate the lighting as authentically as possible. 

The VR experience also features a whole host of interactive elements; from table football with integrated AI to a fully playable piano. Visitors can even get ‘drunk’ on tequila and ‘stoned’ –  with the screen becoming full of distortion effects – to simulate the feeling of the room spinning.

Currently, Silicon Valley: Inside the Hacker Hostel is only available in America, but those attending VRLO on 25th April in London will get the chance to explore the Hacker Hostel in VR. For updates on where to download the VR experience visit SiliconValleyVR.com.

Tom Ffiske
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