Over the course of 2015 California-based company NextVR has been working to push the boundaries of virtual reality (VR) video. The group has made a number of new announcements concerning the live streaming of 360 degree sports footage within head-mounted displays (HMDs) and more. So far, however, its work has only been showcased at certain events. That changes this week as NextVR will be launching its first official app on the Gear VR mobile HMD from both Oculus VR and Samsung.
In fact, the NextVR app will be put straight to work for many Gear VR owners. As revealed over on the Oculus Blog, the app will be streaming tomorrow’s anticipated keynote talks at Oculus VR’s own Oculus Connect developer conference in Hollywood, California. Players will be able to strap on the Gear VR and watched talks from CEO Brendan Iribe, Chief Scientist Michael Abrash and CTO John Carmack in 360 degrees, using the kit’s head-tracking techology to allow them to look around.
This marks the first time that Oculus VR has officially livestreamed one of its talks in 360 degrees, something that VR fans have long hoped the company and others working in VR would do. Indeed, it’s inception here marks bright things for the future, as it’s easy to think about sitting in on E3 conferences in VR among other events.
VRFocus will continue to follow NextVR’s work and all other releases for Gear VR, reporting back with the latest on them.