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A virtual-reality adventure inspired by 'The Martian' is about to be unveiled at CES

Many people who watched the Ridley Scott film "The Martian" in theaters this fall were struck by the scope and immediacy of hero Mark Watney's world.

Some executives at 20th Century Fox, though, had a different idea on how to make the Red Planet visceral: Offer it up in virtual reality.

Now the studio's digital-minded Fox Innovation Lab has created "The Martian VR Experience," a set of episodic first-person adventures culled from the movie and lightly layered with a level of interactivity. 

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