MRTV, the YouTube channel led by Germany-based VR enthusiast Sebastian Ang, launched a Kickstarter recently to create what he calls the MRTV Experience, which will invite the paying public to step in to try out a variety of the most recent VR headsets on offer. The location is set to open in Dortmund, Germany where Ang will also be moving his dedicated studio as well.
Launched in mid-August, Ang is offering pre-sales for tickets via the Kickstarter page, which will let curious would-be VR headset owners take a 90-minute spin in many of the most up-to-date VR headsets out currently. Ang says he’ll be personally available to show MRTV Experience-goers through their chosen 90-minute slots.
Ang is promising to showcase a number of VR headsets in his library, including Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift S, Samsung Odyssey Plus, Vive Pro, HP Reverb, Valve Index, Pimax 5K Plus, Pimax 5K XR, HTC Vive Cosmos, and StarVR One, a headset intended for the enterprise sector.
In a wave of community support, the €3,000 goal was reached in only seven minutes of the project going live on August 17th, Ang writes in a community update. Within 24 hours of the project’s launch, it had already doubled its funding goal to €6,000 (~$6670 USD).
At the time of this writing, the MRTV Experience has garnered over €13,700 ($15,300), bringing with it a number of stretch goals including more VR PCs and upgraded camera equipment, which Ang says will allow him to shoot the next season of MRTV in 4k.
Other stretch goals include purchasing a Magic Leap One for the MRTV Experience space if it reaches €15,000, and buying a Holo Lens 2 at the €18,000 mark too, making it one of the few places where consumers can experience the full range of AR/VR headsets currently on the market.
Ang is planning to hold MRTV Experience’s opening party fundraiser at the Dortmund, Germany location on October 5th, 2019. The opening day fundraiser starts at €90, which includes entry, snacks, and soft drinks. An opening party livestream will be available for some lower-tiered backers who can’t make it for the festivities.
Pre-sale tickets (not including the opening day fundraiser party) are currently still available starting at €39 (~$43). Check out the Kickstarter here for more information.