Fans of VR, AR, Ernest Cline and Steven Spielberg, Rejoice! Here is the first glimpse of Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) who plays the main protagonist in the upcoming movie, Ready Player One. This story takes place in year 2044 when the world faces an energy crisis due to the depletion of fossil fuels and global warming. The effects causes a widespread social crisis that leads the public to retreat into the virtual world to find comfort and release.
The upcoming movie is an adaptation from the book written by Ernest Cline, which is one of the best selling novels in recent time. The image above shows how Watts is using an HMD along with Haptic gloves to traverse the virtual world created by James halliday. In the story, Watts morphs an abandoned vehicle as a facility to house his VR gear, which is apparent in the image.
You can also see the newspaper clipped on the side of the van that details the start of OASIS by James Halliday. This is is a significant symbol to the story as Watts’ main mission is to find the secrets behind OASIS and the Easter Eggs he left behind after his death. Watts also seems to have some sort of haptic equipment strapped to his stomach area to be more immersed in the virtual world.
The headset used in the movie seems to resemble the one Dell will be releasing later this year. The HMD is colored white with a gloss finish in the front which most likely houses the cameras for inside-out tracking. As far as the gloves go, it looks to be made of some leather-like material, unlike the ones we see today with companies such as VRGluv.
The fan on the right symbolizes how hot the world has become in year 2044 due to the effects of global warming. What’s your take on the upcoming move, Ready Player One directed by Steven Spielberg?