President Obama is now giving tours of the White House, in VR
But he—nor the other seven teams currently in the playoffs—may never need to, thanks to the immersive virtual reality experience offered by The People’s House.
Produced by the Felix & Paul Studios and the Oculus team at Facebook, the 22-minute documentary features President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama taking us on an incredibly intimate tour of the White House.
President Obama, sitting directly in front of you as he speaks (as though you’re actually his guest), takes us through the history of various spaces including the Oval Office, The Situation Room, the Red Room, the Cabinet Room, and the Lincoln Bedroom. Obama even takes us into the Treaty Room, which he jokingly calls “the Presidential Man Cave,” due to its occasional use as a sports event viewing room.
“What we wanted to do is make sure that everybody felt they had access to the White House,” says President Obama during the VR experience. “That as many people as possible could come in and appreciate the place where Lincoln, FDR, or Reagan made the decisions that helped to shape America.”
We’re also treated to a sit-down with Michelle Obama, again, as if she’s having a private meeting with the viewer, as she explained some of the historic detail of the White House interior.
The experience made its public debut at the Tribeca Film Festival last week within the event’s Virtual Arcade. Filmed over the course of five days in November and December, the full-length experience is now available for free on the Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, and on Facebook 360 Video.