HTC Vive Ready Player One VR experience headed to Microsoft Stores this week

Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of Ready Player One debuts this week in theaters, but if you want to step into the virtual world of OASIS for yourself, you'll be able to do just that at a number of Microsoft Stores. HTC announced today that 65 Microsoft Store locations, along with additional VR arcade locations, will have HTC Vive stations set up with VR experiences based on the Ready Player One universe starting March 29.

Players will be able to jump into three different experiences: Battle for the Oasis, Rise of The Gunters, and Gauntlet. Here's how HTC describes them:

  • Battle for the Oasis: Help to save the OASIS by defeating waves of IOI Sixers. Advance through the trenches of Planet Doom towards the snowy planes that surround Anorak's Castle. With an arsenal only possible in the OASIS, you must stop IOI from gaining control.
  • Rise of The Gunters: Fight against a nearly invincible army of highly trained IOI Sixers. This mission is not for the faint of heart or first timers. Proceed with caution as you defeat Sixers, collect their coins, find power ups, and survive a merciless onslaught of hyper-explosive kinetic action for as long as it takes. The OASIS is yours. Take it back from IOI by yourself or with up to two fellow Gunters!
  • Gauntlet: Navigate through a seemingly endless dungeon while the undead seek to destroy you. Collecting Gold will improve your score and eating food will restore your health, but only your bow skills will ensure that you make it out alive.

If you already own a Vive headset, you can jump into these experiences now via the OASIS beta. If you're planning to dive in at a VR arcade or Microsoft Store, however, you can find a full list of available locations at HTC Vive's store locator.

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