Yesterday VRFocus reported on news that official virtual reality (VR) support had come to YouTube via a new Google Cardboard option available in 360 degree videos. The launch of the updated had been complimented with the release of a major new 360 degree video based on the popular Terminator movie franchise. The experience, named Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles, promotes the upcoming fifth entry in the franchise.
In the first 3 episodes a new Terminator is sent from the future to the present day to hunt down and destroy a new threat – YouTube stars who will become important figures in the future human resistance. The YouTubers must band together to defeat a killer machine that looks like one of their own, and they’ll need the help of a powerful friend.
The fourth episode of Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles is a replay of episode three but from the perspective of the terminator. The video also allows full 360 degree viewing control using the mouse or WASD keys. The video also has Google Cardboard support when viewing on an Android device with the current YouTube app.
The team behind the video is Specular Theory, a company founded in 2014 to create virtual reality content, through customising immersive technologies for each individual project. Previous projects include Perspective, a virtual reality (VR) series created by Morris May and Rose Troche using the power of the VR’s 1st person point of view to create live action narrative films that challenge viewer’s perception of social issues and constructs. Perspective was part of the official selection at Sundance Film Festival 2015. And Rift Park, an Oculus Rift experience combining 14 different theme park rides including roller coasters, waterslides, merry-go-rounds and thrill rides.
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