Google’s ‘Son Of Jaguar’ 360° Short Film Now Available On YouTube


When we first heard about Jorge Gutierrez’s Google Spotlight Stories project, Son of Jaguar , I don’t think any of us were expecting the colorful journey we were about to experience. The nine minute 360° short film is a rollercoaster of emotions, letting you follow an aging Mexican wrestler past his prime as he struggles to support his loving family after losing one of his legs from a previous bout. Which is good, because this is a 360° film that’s not to be missed.

Google Pays Homage to Film Pioneer Georges Méliès in VR Short ‘Back to the Moon’

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Google is celebrating the life and artistry of French film pioneer Georges Méliès today with a charming VR short that commemorates his iconic silent films including the groundbreaking A Trip to the Moon (1902). Releasing today, the 106th anniversary of his celebrated silent film The Conquest of the Pole (1912) , people surfing the web will get an eye-full of the charming distillation of Méliès’ life work in the aptly titled VR short Back to the Moon.

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HTC Vive Bringing ‘A Few Surprises’ And More To Sundance Film Festival


The annual Sundance Film Festival has traditionally served as Oculus’ stomping grounds for showing off VR movie content. HTC is bringing a line-up of apps to the event as part of the VR on the Mountain exhibit running from Janauary 20th – 22nd, which is separate to the New Frontiers division of the festival that has its own range of VR content. Tagged with: htc vive , sundance , vr movies. Events htc vive sundance vr movies

‘Jesus VR’ Claims First Ever Feature-length VR Film, to Preview at Venice Film Festival

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Jesus VR: The Story of Christ , an upcoming feature-length 360 film, is getting its first public preview at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Hailed as the world’s first ever feature length VR film production, the 90-minute movie depicts the life, works, and death of Jesus of Nazareth. The preview of the feature-length film will last 40 minutes, and will be open to festival-goers from September 1-4.

Justice League VR Coming to HTC Vive & Oculus Rift


Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are stepping up promotion for the upcoming superhero film with a few Justice League VR experiences of their own. Expected to be rolled out in phases prior to the theatrical opening on November 17, 2017, the Justice League VR experience will have a four-stage unveiling that culminates with a full blown room-scale experience for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google DayDream and Sony PSVR.

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‘Sin City’ Director’s Immersive Action Film ‘The Limit’ Comes to All Major VR Platforms

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Called The Limit, the 20-minute action film stars Michelle Rodriguez ( Lost, Avatar, Fast & Furious ) and Norman Reedus ( The Walking Dead, The Boondock Saints ) in what promises to be a heart-pumping thrill ride. The Limit is available today as an app across major VR platforms including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows VR, PSVR, Gear VR, Oculus Go, Daydream, and Cardboard.

Discovery and Google Announce VR Travel Series ‘Discovery TRVLR’, First of 38 Episodes to Arrive in November

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Discovery and Google today announced the launch of a new 38-episode VR video series called Discovery TRVLR, a product of both Discovery and Google’s internal VR teams. This means you can watch on Google Daydream View and Cardboard, and with a little extra creativity, on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with Opera’s new experimental browser and Gear VR through Samsung Internet.

Google to Shutter Jump VR Video Service in June

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Google seems to be taking somewhat of a step back from VR, as Variety reports the company will be shutting down its Jump program for good next month. Google posted an updated Jump FAQ recently regarding the shutdown of the VR video service, outlining that Jump will officially go offline on June 28th, 2019. Any later than that, and all Jump-related files will be deleted from Google’s Cloud Services for good. Where Google is headed next with VR, we’re not sure.

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Google Sheets And Excel VR Spreadsheets Are A Thing Now

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If your dreams occasionally involve spreadsheets that extend endlessly in all directions, good news: Researchers have developed a virtual reality spreadsheet interface that could expand Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel files from flat screens into 3D spaces.

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HTC CEO Cher Wang, Google Earth VR To Be Honored At 2017 Lumiere Awards


For starters, Cher Wang, CEO and Chairwoman of Vive maker HTC, will be granted the Sir Charles Wheatsone Award. This year’s Century Award, meanwhile, is going to Google Earth VR , a Vive app that lets you explore the world around you in 3D. Having spent extensive time in Google Earth VR ourselves, we’re inclined to agree. Film Experience recognizes the likes of Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

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HTC Says Watching ‘Ready Player One’ Boosts VR Purchase Intent in China

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HTC China President Alvin Wang Graylin tweeted recently that Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One (2018) is projected to have a “significantly positive impact” on VR adoption in China this year. Image courtesy HTC. As an official sponsor of Ready Player One, HTC put out several RPO -themed VR mini-games to promote the film, available in VR arcades across China, and through Viveport and Steam for VR users at home.

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New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 11/13/16


This week marks the arrival of one of the pivotal VR gaming experiences, EVE: Valkyrie , on HTC Vive. And Google Earth VR released — for free — to essentially blow everyone’s collective minds. We also have a top list of the absolute best HTC Vive games — which is updated every few months with the latest and greatest options. Google Earth VR, from Google. You’ll also experience key scenes taken from the film.

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Oscar-Winning Director Kathryn Bigelow Discusses Her First VR Film ‘The Protectors’


Attendees at next year’s Tribeca Film Festival will be the first to experience the debut 360-degree film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow titled, The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes. The 8-minute short film was created through a partnership with Here Be Dragons, National Geographic Channel, and Annapurna Pictures. The film gives viewers a first-hand look into the lives of the park rangers who are the only defense for the African elephants who roam freely.

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HTC Vive announces 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and teases hand tracking for Vive Pro

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Today it’s a great day for virtual reality: at WCVRI conference, HTC has just announced a kit to provide 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and has showcased a hands-tracking technology for the Vive Pro ! The Venture Reality Fund and of course HTC. Then he described virtual reality advancements, highlighting the dominant role of China and HTC in this technology. This is just a personal speculation of mine and there is not an official statement of HTC about it.

?Viveport President on HTC’s New VR Subscription Service

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April 4th was the one-year anniversary of the HTC Vive, and HTC released the subscription service for Viveport for $7/month to try out five new VR applications per month. Viveport is the first subscription service for high-end and room-scale virtual reality, and HTC has a chance to leapfrog other content companies like Amazon, Netflix, Facebook, and Google’s YouTube to bring the subscription business model to VR content.

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Terrifying VR Living Room Shows How Smart Devices Are Manipulating Us


What if I told you that smart devices such as your iPhone and Google Assistant aren’t just listening to you, but persuading and manipulating your actions as well? Computers, voice assistants, smart TVs; all tools utilized on a day-to-day basis by major corporations such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook in order to mine private user data and manipulate consumer behavior. News HTC Vive Pro Persuasion Machines Sundance 2020 Sundance Film Festival

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Celebrate The 50th Anniversary Of Earth Day With EarthXR


Starting tomorrow through April 25th, audiences can immerse themselves in a collection of captivating 360-degree films and virtual panels that shine a much-needed spotlight on numerous conservative efforts. News EarthxFilm EarthXR Google Gorillapallooza Habitat XR HTC Vive HTC Vive Pro VR For ImpactLearn how XR technology is changing the world of environmental conservation.

Google Daydream Apps to include J.K. Rowling Experience, Gunjack 2, Netflix, and More

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Today at Google’s press event announcing the Pixel phone and Daydream View headset, the company detailed VR content on the way to the Daydream Android VR platform. Along with Daydream VR apps and experiences we’ve seen previously, Google today announced a group of exciting content on the way to the platform. Google says they’ve been working with Warner Brothers on a Daydream VR experience based on J.K. The post Google Daydream Apps to include J.K.

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Venice Film Fest to Launch Virtual Reality Feature About Jesus Christ


Virtual Reality has taken a step forward in the sector of film making and it is coming up with its first ever VR film in the religious genre. Venice International Film Festival is going to screen a 40-minute promo of Jesus VR- The Story of Christ which will be the first ever feature-length movie that will be made entirely for virtual reality. Virtual Reality Jesus VR Venice International Film Festival virtual reality

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100-Year-Old Man Reacts to His First VR Experience


Fortunately for us, Intel filmed the experience so we could see firsthand what a man who has been alive for the entire past century makes of this new technology. So what did he try after getting strapped into an HTC Vive? He soared over Florence and Wyoming in Google Earth VR. News 100-year-old VR Aerofly Google Earth VR HTC Vive Intel VR TheBlu WevrLyle Becker has lived many lives in his 100 years.

Former Daydream-Exclusive Fire Escape Heads To PC VR Next Week


Another long-lost Google Daydream exclusive is making its way to less-dead headsets next week. Fire Escape, an engaging interactive VR series from iNK Stories, will arrive on Steam with support for the Valve Index, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. Art & Science Experiences Daydream exclusives Fire Escape top stories vr films vr movies VR storytelling

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VR Experiences to Introduce Your Family to Virtual Reality Over Thanksgiving

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Assuming you aren’t actually hosting Thanksgiving, undoubtedly the easiest VR systems to lug around would be the selection of mobile VR headsets currently on offer, namely Google Daydream and Gear VR. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2017) : While pretty thin in the gameplay department, the overall “wow” effect is big with this little Harry Potter Universe game that lets you explore the film’s world and even do a little magic too. Google Earth VR.

Paulo’s Wing Is A VR Game Created Using Google’s Tilt Brush


Developed by Google, Tilt Brush lets you create art in an immersive three dimensional space using your own two hands. We’ve even seen an entire short film created in the app. Recently, Google updated its toolkit meant to empower creators to export and manipulate their works for these kinds of purposes. Angry Array is targeting February 23 as a release date for Paulo’s Wing on the HTC Vive.

First GDC 2018 VR Talks Include Rec Room, Google and Penrose


Perhaps most excitingly, Against Gravity will be opening up on its popular social VR platform, Rec Room, with a talk entitled ‘ Room for Everyone: The ‘Rec Room‘ Approach to Community VR ‘ The team’s Cameron Brown and Jon Gill will discuss how they built their platform, which now features on the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, including a rapid approaching to iteration and creating a positive environment for players.

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First ‘StarVR’ 210 Degree FOV Headsets Have Shipped to IMAX

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For reference the consumer editions of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are closer to 100 degrees. John Wick VR will grace the platform as will a collection of new, immersive 360 VR films – presumably filmed on IMAX’s recently announced Google Jump compliant custom camera rig. 360 Video News StarVR VR Film VR Hardware VR Headset 360 film 360 video acer first star vr ships imax star vr ships starbreeze ab starvr vr film

Experience The 1943 Berlin Blitz In VR


The BBC’s 1943 Berlin Blitz experience, first previewed for selected audiences at the Venice Film Festival where it was very well received, is now available for the general public to download. “We The experience is available now on the Oculus and Steam stores for Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive headsets. It will also soon be available to watch in 360 on Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream.

VR-Compatible Short ‘Pearl’ Gets Oscar Nomination


The Google Spotlight Story is in the running for best animated short. The Google Spotlight Story film from Patrick Osborne, the director of Disney’s Oscar-nominated short film “Feast,” is a coming of age story about a girl growing up with her musician dad set to the song “No Wrong Way Home.”. Pearl was first made available as a 360-degree video that could be viewed in a Google Cardboard, with a later version distributed for VR headsets like the HTC Vive.

Top 37 VR Film Festivals to Attend in 2018


As virtual reality continues to rise in popularity, more film festivals, both up-and-coming ones and established ones, are opening up virtual reality competitions. Here we selected 37 film festivals dedicated to virtual reality or with VR programs for your reference. Virtual Reality Festival Held annually in Las Vegas, Virtual Reality Festival is one of the first virtual reality film festivals, which also opened world's first VR Lounge.

‘The Lawnmower Man’ is Coming Back in VR


As the Sundance Film Festival kicks off today in Park City, Utah, Jaunt has revealed the development of five new original scripted VR series — one of which is based on the 1992 cult classic feature, The Lawnmower Man. The original movie was a film of unsurpassed imagination and creativity with its ground-breaking use of VR back in 1992,” said Jim Howell. We are very excited to be working with Jaunt to create a VR realization of the film.”.

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Family Gaming: VR Experiences Transforming Together Time Under Lockdown


For over 10 years Angry Birds has delighted audiences with all sortf of family friendly content, including games, film, and TV. Companion apps are free, available on the Ap p Store and Google Play. There are several affordable and accessible options available at the moment, such as Google Cardboard and a plethora of DIY VR kits options available online that kids and their parents build and decorate together.

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Philip K. Dick-inspired VR Story ‘The Great C’ Now Available on Mobile VR

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Dick inspired VR experience, The Great C (2018) , to Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream. The 37-minute sci-fi adventure experience is now available for $6 across all platforms, including versions available on Steam (Vive, Rift) and the Oculus Store (Rift, Go, Gear VR), and Google Play ( Daydream ). The Great C premiered last year at the Venice Film Festival with additional screenings at the Chicago Film Festival, and FEFFS in France.

John Cusack & Christina Ricci Make Their VR Debut In ?Distorted Reality?


To compliment the theatrical film release of Distorted on June 22nd, Minds Eye Entertainment and SkyVR have partnered to produce Distorted Reality , a scripted, live-action cinematic VR distributed through OneTouchVR on Google Daydream, Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and iOS. The content will also be available in stereo 3D through the Littlstar app on Sony’s Playstation VR, Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR and more.

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If ‘Ready Player One’ Doesn’t Suck, It Stands to Positively Impact the VR Industry

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Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel Ready Player One is hitting the big screen later this month. As a story based in a world where virtual reality headsets are omnipresent and everyone is connected to the massive multiplayer online universe dubbed ‘The Oasis’, many are wondering what role the film will play in VR’s continued push towards mainstream adoption.

‘Mythica VR': VR LARP With D&D-style World Building Hits Kickstarter

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Provided the project reaches its $80,000 funding goal, the studio is aiming to release Mythica VR on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift/DK2, Google Cardboard and with future support for Google Daydream. ” Griffin comes to the Mythica VR from Pixar Studios, with previous work as a visual effects artist for films such as Brave (2012), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Up (2009).

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Top social VR app AltspaceVR now available on Google Daydream View.

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AltspaceVR today announced a new version of its software — a mobile app that fully supports Google Daydream View and also provides access into AltspaceVR for compatible Android phones even without a virtual reality (VR) headset. AltspaceVR Mobile is available at no cost on Google Play or through the Google Daydream app. “We AltspaceVR supports Google Daydream View with all compatible smartphones.

NextVR Brings Its Live Streamed Events to Oculus Quest

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NextVR’s supported platforms now include Oculus Quest, Samsung Gear VR, PSVR, Google Daydream, Windows VR headsets, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Valve Index. 360 film 360 Video News next vr next vr quest nextvr nextvr oculus quest nextvr questNextVR, the VR livestreaming event app, is now available on Oculus Quest for free, which is said to come alongside a new technology that promises clearer and sharper video rendering.

Oscar Nomination For ‘Pearl’ Shines Spotlight On VR


Months after its release, Google’s short film Pearl remains the best of its Spotlight Stories series of 360-degree films. While movies like La La Land are stealing the usual headlines for leading the pack, there’s a small victory for the VR industry in the Animated Short Film category: Pearl has been listed. We’ve asked for confirmation but this appears to be the version of the film that’s been nominated for the award.