There are few movies which managed to successfully capture the essence of what is both terrifying and incredibly cool about the prospects of virtual reality like 1999’s The Matrix. Its directors, The mysterious Wachowski Brothers, threw in every element of pop culture they thought was cool, added a dash of greek mythology, generous helpings of slow motion, and a sprinkle of Greek mythology to realise one of the best sci-fi action films ever made.
Fast forward to 2014 and we have the Oculus Rift and a new demo from developer Tipatat Chennavasin which attempts to recreate the famous ‘construct introduction’ scene from the movie. In this scene, Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) is introduced to the ‘loading screen’ where the team can tool up before finally entering The Matrix.
The demo lifts audio direct from the movie and steps into Neo’s introduction to reality and just what that reality has been for him all his life. It’s a very early effort, and indeed doesn’t complete the scene, but it’s great fun to finally be able to immerse yourself in a small part of this iconic movie.
Thanks to jaochu on the /r/oculus subreddit for the find.