The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser has just opened to the public at Disney World. While many of us might not have the budget to stay at the hotel for its astronomical price of $6,000 per room (for a 2-night stay), we can see what it’s like in VR180 with an Oculus Quest or other VR headset.
The Starcruiser is a new hotel at Disney World. It is designed as a complete vacation experience, similar to a cruise, with dining and entertainment included in the cost. Here is Disney’s introduction to the Starcruiser.
Reactions to the pricing for the Starcruiser have been mixed, with many balking at the price, while some found it reasonable. But everyone is curious about it, and fortunately we don’t have to book a stay just to see what the inside is like, thanks to a VR180 video posted by Attractions Magazine.
What is VR180?
VR180 is a 3D 180 format. It is stereoscopic, which means that the video will seem to have depth, like watching a 3D video (sample 3D videos here). At the same time, you can look around on a VR headset, similar to a 360 video, but instead of being a 360 view, it is a hemispherical view that fills your field of vision. It is somewhat like watching a 3D IMAX movie from your home. You can learn more about it here.
How to watch the VR180 video with an Oculus Quest
You can watch a VR180 video with an Oculus Quest (or other VR headset) or a Google Cardboard viewer. (You can also view it on a phone or laptop screen, but it won’t appear 3D).
To watch VR180 on your Quest, install the YouTube VR app (available free on the Oculus store). Search for the video using its title. When you click on it, you should see it in VR180 view. Here’s the video:
If you don’t have a VR headset, you can also view it with Google Cardboard by installing the YouTube app on your phone. Look for the video on YouTube then on the bottom right, tap on the Google Cardboard icon.
Finally, if you don’t have a VR headset or Google Cardboard viewer, then at least you can check out this “wiggle” pseudo-3D view from a low-resolution frame grab.