Last month cinematic virtual reality (VR) company Jaunt released its first ever 360 degree video to the public in the form of a live performance of ‘Live and Let Die’ by Sir Paul McCartney, taken from a show in San Francisco earlier this year. The video brings fans closer to the concert experience using Google’s Cardboard smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) and, as released later on, the Oculus Rift PC HMD. This week sees the company release another VR concert experience, this time starring Jack White, formerly of The White Stripes.
This time the app, named Jack White: Third-D features three performances from White, all taken from his recent shows promoting his second solo album. These include videos of ‘Freedom at 21’ and ‘Ball and Biscuit’ from a concert in Fenway Park, Boston on 17th September 2014 as well as ‘Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground’ from a show at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison on 20th August. The video allows viewers to get a 360 degree view of these performances in 3D using the Cardboard HMD on smartphones running on the Android operating system (OS).
The app is currently available for free, although requires a ‘recent’ Android phone between 5 to 6 inches in size. As with the Paul McCartney experience, the app will eventually arrive on the Oculus Rift and even be heading to Samsung’s recently-released Gear VR HMD, which runs using the company’s Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. For those using Android phones that don’t own a Cardboard HMD, 75 limited edition kits will be given away today for those that purchase White’s Lazaretto Ultra LP at the Third Man Records store in Nashville.
A trailer for the experience can be seen below, giving a brief taste of what to expect. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with all of the latest updates.