As announced on the Oculus Blog, NYT VR is now available for users of Samsung Gear VR, featuring a full library of immersive virtual reality (VR) films from the New York Times.
In addition to the VR films created for the New York Times, Samsung Gear VR users will also have access to The Daily 360, a curated selection of 360-degree films from journalists all over the world that were created with Samsung Gear 360 cameras.
Various staff from the New York Times spoke about NYT VR and VR technology in general. Marcelle Hopkins, Deputy Director, Video and Co-Director, VR said: “VR has proven to be a valuable tool for journalism. With this immersive medium, we’re able to take our audience directly to the stories that matter—from an ice shelf in Antarctica to the frontline of Fallujah—to better understand the world around us.”
Graham Roberts, Director of Immersive Platforms Storytelling added: “Whether through powerfully written stories, affecting photography and video, or revealing interactive graphics, The New York Times has been transporting readers to help them make sense of the world for over 165 years. Now we have a new tool—virtual reality—that offers a compelling opportunity to transport, and to create meaning and connections. We are excited to continue our explorations and innovations within this new medium that further elevates our journalism to be ever more impactful and necessary.”
Finally, Varun Shetty, Executive Director, Strategy and Business Development said: “We’re excited to launch our NYT VR app on Oculus and Gear VR. Building a home for our our award-winning virtual reality journalism on the Oculus platform was a top priority for The Times in 2017. We’re looking forward to building a strong relationship with Oculus and working with them to push forward the virtual reality medium and news efforts within VR.”
VRFocus will keep you informed on new VR experiences and apps as they become available.