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The new Ready Player One trailer is trying so hard to make VR headsets look cool

The new Ready Player One trailer is trying so hard to make VR headsets look cool

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One. And with roughly a month to go before the film’s March 30th premiere, its editors want to make clear that there are a lot of people wearing virtual reality headsets in this movie, and you might as well get used to it right now.

Like previous trailers, this video introduces protagonist Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) and the OASIS, a VR escape from the dystopian hell of 2045. “It’s a place where the limits of reality are your own imagination,” he promises, which is true as long as your imagination favors properly licensed media franchises that predate your birth by several decades.

In this particular video, we also get more detail about a war over the OASIS’s future — fought in both the virtual and physical worlds. It looks... well, as silly as most VR experiences make you look, especially because headsets in the future aren’t that far from the original 2012 design of the Oculus Rift.

Ready Player One VR running

You can check out the video for an inspirational speech (delivered in a VR headset), a real-life car chase (which Wade spends in a VR headset), a tearful Wade Watts (taking off a VR headset), and a glimpse of villainous executive Nolan Sorrento (played by Ben Mendelsohn, wearing a VR headset). If you really can’t get enough of VR, there is also an actual Oculus Rift Ready Player One experience, which you can watch a walkthrough of here.