Virgin America is rolling out an improved in-seat video experience that will have three times as much content as the current system, as well as enhanced maps and some retro video games, like Pac-Man.
The system will run on Android software, which Virgin America says is much easier to update and refresh. The system will have entire seasons of popular shows. It will be capable of broadcasting in 720p high definition.
Virgin America also says it will be the first airline to offer surround sound in the skies, but only for certain content.
This is how Virgin America described the platform in a blog post:
Red Beta will run on new, Panasonic EcoV2 monitors with a full capacitive touch experience, so travelers can swipe, pinch and zoom as they would any other mobile device. The new monitors are also capable of supporting HD content with 720p resolution and offer four times faster HD image rendering. Now guests can enjoy enhanced quality, retro favorite video games like ATARI’s Pac-Man and Asteroids.
The new Red Beta is slated to be outfitted on 18 aircraft by the end of 2015 and will continue to roll out to the rest of the fleet in 2016 – so be sure to lookout for the new system on your next flight!
For more information, watch the airline's official video announcing the new system.