The Emmy®-winning and Golden Globe-nominated Silicon Valley takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush. Using the latest tech, HBO wanted to give fans an experience that brought them into the heart of the show.
Silicon Valley: Inside The Hacker Hostel
The real-time VR experience takes fans into the home where the show’s main characters live and work. Silicon Valley: Inside The Hacker Hostel gives users firsthand one-on-one encounters with Richard (Thomas Middleditch), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), Big Head (Josh Brener) and Jian-Yang (Jimmy O. Yang).
The attention to detail makes this experience unique. Not only is the environment a faithful reconstruction using photos and blueprints from the set, but in addition to objects you can pick up and put down, there are many elements you can fully interact with. From a table football that incorporates AI allowing you to compete against it, to a fully playable piano which replicates a real-world piano note for note. You can even get ‘drunk’ on tequila and ‘stoned’ (the screen distorts to simulate the feeling of the room spinning).
Visitors to the Hacker Hostel can also see how many times they get “always blue,” demo the Not Hot Dog app (and snack on the test food), find a secret message from Jared, and help Richard out of a coding crisis.
The experience is packed full of items you can interact with, 756 to be exact. This phenomenal number was made possible using forward rendering; this technique improves the overall performance (framerate) of the experience allowing REWIND to pack the experience with objects.
Silicon Valley: Inside the Hacker Hostel is a collaboration between Silicon Valley, HBO, and REWIND.
“REWIND has been an impeccable studio partner from concept to launch. They deliver immersive experiences at a superior standard of quality. Their technologists have an uncanny ability to creatively solve complex problems that most others would see as roadblocks, and they handle it all effortlessly. Above all, they are wonderful collaborators with invaluable knowledge of the emerging VR space.”
Sohyung Kang, Director of Digital Production, HBO Consumer Marketing
“HBO’s Silicon Valley is getting a VR experience and it couldn’t be more spot on…the team nailed the experience, making sure all your favorite references make it into VR.”