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Life In 360°: Grandma’s Birthday

Welcome back to another week on VRFocus, where we get set to say farewell to August and bid a busy September hello before we get to an even busier October. If you’d like something of a rundown before we get to this morning’s video I’m happy to oblige.

Wednesday to Friday this week has us covering any news from IFA 2016, the global trade show for consumer electronics over in Berlin. Samsung are there and may very well be talking about their upcoming products.

Saturday and Sunday are very much VRFocus days as we bring you news and updates from our very first Game Jam, the London based VRC (Virtual Reality Challenge) which we’ve teamed up for with Unreal Engine, NVIDIA, Valve and Climax Studios to name but four.

Monday September 5th sees the start of PG Connects in Helsinki, there’s then a PlayStation event on the 7th and along with some other little events and briefings during the month there’s also EGX 2016 (a.k.a the Eurogamer Expo)  from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th of September.

But that is the future. For now we have Grandma’s Birthday to discuss from Los Angeles-based SilVRscreen Productions. Available on both the Samsung VR app and Facebook 360 (the latter of which is embedded below). Grandma’s Birthday is a gentle and heartwarming tale. The press release for it describing it as “Norman Rockwell meets A Christmas Story in VR.”

Every family has a disaster, something embarrassing where everything goes wrong and its usually a chain of events set off through something unexpected. Such is the case here, so let yourself be taken back into the past and back into memory to relive such a moment.

“We think one of the things that makes VR completely unique from any other medium is it’s ability to use space to propel a story forward.” SilVRscreen’s Co­Founder and Creative Director Dave Dorsey explained. “More than ever, environments can be main characters and they provide the means to organically create scene changes or reveal and hide information. We think the future of storytelling in VR will move away from film editing techniques and towards a deeper level of immersion by moving through environments in new and creative ways.”

You can watch Grandma’s birthday below. Be sure to check back with VRFocus regularly for everything new in the fields of virtual, augmented and mixed reality.