There’s no doubt that, while virtual reality (VR) video itself is a hugely exciting prospect, live VR transmissions will prove to be one of the key upgrades that VR brings. Families living hundreds of miles away from each other will be able to join together for events and special occasions while others will get to watch sports games, press conferences and more as if they were there. It’s a concept that might not be as far off as one might think; VR video company NextVR has just announced that it has completed the first ever live, broadcast quality VR transmission.
The test was conducted over the past weekend in which the company invited a reporter in Michigan, USA to take part in a VR broadcast that transported them to the beach at Laguna Beach, California. The reporter and the team then held a conversation in real time. The broadcast supported a 6K resolution of 80 frames-per-second in stereoscopic 3D. The video ran on the company’s own live-streaming player technology which NextVR notes is ‘demonstrable’ on Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD though didn’t confirm this was the device used for the test.
“For the first time, with NextVR’s technology, we can transmit – live – three dimensional, high frame-rate video images, as well as the geometry of the world surrounding the camera, which virtually takes the viewer to where the action is and gives feeling of actually being there,” said Dave Cole, Co-founder, NextVR. “It opens up a whole world of possibilities for virtual reality. Imagine if you could have stood on the moon with Neil Armstrong as he took his first step. With this advancement, you WILL be virtually teleported to Mars as mankind takes our first step there.”
NextVR didn’t discuss what its plans for the technology going forward involve. Recently the company detailed its own VR concert experience, offering a performance from Coldplay. VRFocus will continue to follow NextVR’s progress closely, reporting back with any further updates.