Enter the Danger Zone with a free VR screening of Top Gun in Windows Mixed Reality

Bigscreen and Paramount have teamed up for a series of special VR screenings of 80s classic Top Gun. Set to run for a 24-hour period starting at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT) on December 29, the screening will serve up Top Gun 3D at multiple showtimes in a virtual social space dressed up to simulate the experience of going to a theater.

According to Bigscreen, this is the first of several virtual screening events it plans to throw over the coming year. As for why the company opted to go with set showtimes instead of creating an experience more akin to video-on-demand, the company says it's looking to curate events in a way so as to recreate the social experience of sitting down for a movie with others. From Bigscreen:

We want to curate events with amazing 3D movies and video content that people love. Events give VR users a reason to put on the headset every week at a specific time, bringing a critical mass of people online at the same moment and making our social VR events feel alive.Hanging out with 2–3 friends in Bigscreen is fun, but watching a live Bigscreen event with thousands of fans feels exhilarating.

Bigscreen has an app available for Windows Mixed Reality headsets (opens in new tab), but it's also available across the major VR platforms, including Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and the Top Gun screening will be available on each of those platforms as well.

If you happened to snag a Windows Mixed Reality headset during the holidays, what better way to spread your Mighty Wings and rush Through the Fire on a journey to a Destination Unknown than with Maverick and Goose? Just be sure to steer clear of the Danger Zone. Unfortunately, this event is limited to folks in the U.S. Hopefully, Bigscreen will open up its future events to those in other regions. If you're ready to jump in, however, you can head to Bigscreen's website for a list of showtimes.

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  • Very cool! Too bad not for us maple syrup eating, hockey watching Canadians
  • Yep, us tea drinking, leather-on-willow cricket loving Britishers won't get a look in either. Not really a thing though, as they've timed it for just when everyone's away visiting relatives so as to minimise attendance. Nice one, Cyril! Perhaps next time?
  • Sucks not to be American every once in a while. Guess I'll just have to watch some Top Gun the old-fashioned way.
  • Great to be an American but sucks not to have a pc that can run wmr or own a headset
  • True, but come your next upgrade cycle you'll have a nicely honed experience ready and waiting. It'll be worth the wait, I assure you (unless Ol' Nads has cancelled WMR by then...).
  • Who knows by then
  • Cyberspace, The Matrix and Skynet will be US-only. That's the future that's coming?
  • How about some more games and apps, the wmr section in the store is pathetic. Last thing I wanna see is a movie in vr..
  • So, how does this experience differ from throwing up a movie in one of the rooms in the stupid cliff house?  I HATE that thing.  Especially the idiot windchimes and birds.
  • But you don't do WMR anyway, so what does it matter ?