Steve Spielberg headed into The VOID’s unique brand of free-roaming, mixed-reality VR experience at TED 2016, and it seems he was pleasantly surprised.

“Woah, that was a great adventure!”, was Steven Spielberg’s exclamation after stepping out of the bespoke, made-for-TED mixed-reality, VR experience constructed by the team behind the VOID.

Spielberg, who recently co-founded the immersive production startup The Virtual Reality
Company, stepped through the specially constructed, Raiders of the Lost Ark-style VR experience, which has players exploring ancient ruins, avoiding traps and snakes and, we understand, some clever heart-quickening physical stage manipulation to coincide with some worrying virtual events.


The VOID’s team must be counting their blessings, with the Indiana Jones Director Spielberg’s VOID play-through following yesterday’s visit from Indy himself, Harrison Ford, experiencing the VOID too.

Spielberg’s eye has apparently been caught by the glint of virtual reality, as he’s also due to bring Ernest Kline’s Ready Player One, a book centered around immersive virtual reality, to big screens in late 2017.

The VOID are due to open their initial venue in Salt Lake City later this year, and they used TED 2016 to give attendees a glimpse of the ‘full fat’ VOID experience, with their bespoke VR headset which boasts integrated high-end audio headphones and a curves, dual OLED, 180 degree FOV display.

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Based in the UK, Paul has been immersed in interactive entertainment for the best part of 27 years and has followed advances in gaming with a passionate fervour. His obsession with graphical fidelity over the years has had him branded a ‘graphics whore’ (which he views as the highest compliment) more than once and he holds a particular candle for the dream of the ultimate immersive gaming experience. Having followed and been disappointed by the original VR explosion of the 90s, he then founded to follow the new and exciting prospect of the rebirth of VR in products like the Oculus Rift. Paul joined forces with Ben to help build the new Road to VR in preparation for what he sees as VR’s coming of age over the next few years.
  • Paul Jensen

    Yeah buddy

  • yobibyte

    “Ernest Kline’s Ready Player One, the book credited with coining the term ‘Metaverse’,”

    Are you fucking kidding me? Neal Stephenson coined that term in his 1992 novel “Snow Crash”, which any VR blog worth its salt should be well aware of. I enjoyed the hell out of Ready Player One, but it most certainly did NOT originate the term. If anything, it paid homage to earlier greats in the history of cyberpunk.

    • Frikster42

      As my supervisor once told me, it seems that in the minds of the newer generation, anything prior to 2000 is just a blur and unimportant as far as new technology is concerned.

  • Janece Richards

    The real crime that facial hair.

  • I want to hear a review on their HMD. I feel the wider field of view will considerably improve upon the existing hmds and give everyone a taste of things to come in future consumer hardware.