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Sleepy Hollow Oculus VR experience wins the first virtual reality Emmy

Fox's Sleepy Hollow VR experience was just recently awarded a Creative Arts Emmy at the 67th Emmy Awards.

Published onSeptember 14, 2015

With advancements in technology such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Google Cardboard, virtual reality is slowly but surely making its way to the mainstream. That journey is getting one step closer to becoming a reality, as Fox’s Sleepy Hollow VR experience was just recently awarded a Creative Arts Emmy at the 67th Emmy Awards.

Designed specifically for the Oculus Rift DK2 headset, The Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience won its award in the “Interactive Media, User Experience and Visual Design” category. The VR experience first debuted at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014 and was co-produced by Fox and Toronto-based Secret Location. It was originally designed to be promotional material for Fox’s spinoff television show.

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So, what makes this experience so special? To fully engulf users in the virtual reality world, the short clip gives users the ability to see what it’d be like to get their heads cut off and held in front of them by none other than the Headless Horseman. To get a better look at what the experience brings to the table, check out the video below:

Sleepy Hollow wasn’t the only VR-related experience to win an Emmy, though. The AMEX Unstaged: Taylor Swift Experience, a 360-video based on Taylor Swift’s Blank Space video, also got an award for Outstanding Original Interactive Program. The music video has been viewed over one billion times, so it’s not too surprising to see the VR counterpart get some public recognition.