It’s Back to the Future Day. This is the day that Marty McFly from the movie “Back to the Future Part II” travels to in order to save his yet to be born children. You can celebrate this day in a variety of ways, but if you have a VR headset, you can jump into VRChat and literally go back to the future.
Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. – Doc
In social VR app VRChat, community member Kirito decided to import Courthouse Square from the movie into two different rooms. One room takes place in the year 1985 and the other takes place in present day. As this is social VR, you can chat with your friends in here, watch clips from the movie (use “-” and “+” on keyboard to raise and lower volume), and actually sit in the DeLorean car shown in the movie.
If you have an Oculus Rift headset, you will feel like you have stepped into the scene from the movie. Even if you don’t own a VR headset, you can still hang out and chat with people in Courthouse Square from “Back to the Future”. Movement is done with a keyword and mouse or a gamepad. Push “v” key to talk on keyboard and mouse or the left bumper on the controller.
VRChat Controls (Keyboard)
- Move – WASD keys
- Look around – mouse
- Talk – “v” key
- Interact (aka sit in the DeLorean) – “e” key
- Jump – spacebar
- Run – hold shift key
- Go to menu – escape key
VRChat Controls (gamepad)
- Move – left analog stick
- Look around – right analog stick
- Talk – left bumper (left shoulder)
- Interact (aka sit in the DeLorean) – “x” button or top left button
- Jump – “a” button or bottom left button
- Run – left trigger (behind shoulder used for talk)
- Go to menu – start button
If you create an account for VRChat, you can find and use the Marty and Doc avatars. Also available is the Mr. Fusion Bot. They can be found here – (http://www.vrchat.net/marketplace). After creating an account and downloading them, host on Google Drive or Dropbox.
Loading of the 360° stereoscopic 3-D panos contained within the pictures below will take a while. They are sometimes 20 MB or more in size. Refreshing seems to help a bit if yours isn’t loading, but keep in mind VRChive is still in alpha stage, and you are viewing 360° stereoscopic panoramas from in game, which is quite impressive at this stage of VR.
Kirito made all of this possible on short notice last night. He is an active community member in VRChat and has brought in rooms such as Kingdom Hearts, Kirito’s Hangout, Kirito’s Chillout, and a host of Halloween experiences for the VRChat Halloween Event on October 30th. You can find him in VRChat as the Kirito avatar from Sword Art Online.