Now that Facebook owns Oculus VR, all sorts of people (and companies) have taken note of the gaming peripheral. Instead of the head-mounted virtual reality unit being branded a gaming device, it’s being branded as a new platform. Kind of like how smart phones were a new platform a while ago. That’s a big deal.
So this news is probably the first of many practical, real-world applications for this upcoming piece of tech. Atlantic Productions and Sky HD have revealed that their new nature documentary Conquest of the Skies (working title), which is presented by Sir David Attenborough, will be coming to the Oculus Rift.
Atlantic’s commercial director, John Morris, recently made the announcement. “We’re now filming for the Oculus Rift, so when we filmed our recent flight in Borneo, we filmed with an eight-camera rig, so you got the full 360° experience.”
In light of this news, it’s probably a good thing that George Lucas has sold off the Star Wars rights to Disney. If he still had them, we’d probably see a Star Wars re-re-re-re-re-release version for the Rift.
Thoughts? What other TV genres would benefit from Oculus Rift as a platform? And yeah, porn is obvious so try think of something else, ok? You filthy rascals.