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The Simpsons 600th episode 'couch gag' is a VR short you can try right now

By Shawn Knight
Oct 17, 2016
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  1. The Simpsons, the longest-running American animated program and the longest-running American sitcom, aired its 600th episode last night. In celebration of the milestone (and reinforcing its ability to keep pace with pop culture), the show’s opening couch gag has been made into a virtual reality short that you can try out at home.

    To get in on the action, you’ll need an Android or iOS device (preferably a smartphone). Head to your respective app store and download the Google Spotlight Stories app. From there, simply launch the app and look for Planet of the Couches which should be the first experience that pops up.

    For the best viewing experience, you’ll want to use a Google Cardboard-style VR viewer (tap the icon in the bottom corner to switch to VR mode). Those without a Cardboard viewer can still participate in the experience by moving your phone around to soak everything in.

    Be sure to take your time and look all around (including above and below you) so you don’t miss anything. As you’ll see, the short isn’t entirely static as certain elements respond to your gaze.

    The Simpsons VR couch gag experience may very well offer a glimpse of how we consume multimedia in the not-too-distant future with 2016 setting the entire movement into motion. High-end headsets from HTC and Oculus VR made their debut earlier this year followed by Sony’s PlayStation VR just last week (which many consider to the first truly mainstream VR offering).

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  2. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,457   +606

    The cardboard viewer is crap compared to the Samsung VR headsets.
    It's amazing how well it works for the money though, no doubt.
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,505   +2,053

    And to think I saw the 1st episode all those years ago. I loved that show back then although I haven't watched it in years now.
     
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  4. NimbusTLD

    NimbusTLD TS Enthusiast Posts: 41   +17

    Is this available for Rift or Vive? If not, why not??
     
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  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 910   +387

    I remember when that show started...but it's been YEARS since I watched it. Just got to be predictable/boring, so I stopped.
     
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,904   +529

    because it was made as a smartphone app. you should be able to emulate it though.
     

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