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Oculus: VR’s Killer App Could Be Film

As Oculus VR has said on many occasions, the company is committed to the videogame industry with its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The device was originally pitched as a peripheral for videogames in its now historic Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign and that stance hasn’t changed even with last year’s news of Facebook buying Oculus VR for $2 billion USD. That said, the VR HMD has many potential applications. Oculus VR itself is willing to admit that the fabled VR ‘killer app’ might not be a videogame but perhaps a film instead.

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The company’s Vice President of Product Nate Mitchell said as much in an interview with the L.A. Times during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. “We’ve said from the beginning we’re big gamers, and we started Oculus to deliver consumer VR and revolutionize games,” Mitchel said. “But it may well end up being that VR is more about film than games. We don’t know what the killer app is.”

VR film began to make strides at the end of 2014 with the release of one of the first features in Zero Point from Condition One. Cinematic VR company Jaunt also began to release its own VR content, including performances from Sir Paul McCartney and Jack White as well as movie tie-ins with The Hobbit franchise. Other famous filmmakers such as Pacific Rim‘s Guillermo Del Toro have also expressed interest in VR films, suggesting that the medium has a big future ahead of itself.

Much of the VR debate over the past few years has concerned what type of experience will truly validify the technology’s existence. Oculus VR’s ambitions have grown beyond enhancing first-person shooters although the company itself has said that making this killer app isn’t up to them. Be it a videogame, film or something entirely different VRFocus will be covering all aspects of the industry, reporting back with all of the latest updates.