Perceived as the works of science fiction in the past, virtual reality was thought not to be possible in the near future. So was the case with the internet, so was the case with most of the technological advancements before they were actually completed. Virtual reality is a huge leap ahead in technology and it has the potential of making life as we know it much different.
Back in August 2012, a VR production startup had launched a campaign on Kickstarter. They were the first to do so, called the Oculus Rift. Their campaign ended with 950% of its initial goal and has never looked back since, leading the way for other companies to follow in the field. Since Oculus Rift’s success, we’ve witnessed producers with the likes of Sony, LG, HTC, Samsung and plenty of other companies take part in this particular production. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook has bought the Oculus Rift for $2 billion in 2014, having firm beliefs in its potential and says VR will “unlock new worlds for us”.
The variety of 360-degree videos that can be found on the internet, mostly YouTube is ever expanding ever since it became possible a few years ago. Its popularity is constantly reaching new heights. YouTube is the place to be if you’re looking for some cool VR videos or if you’re looking to upload some of your own. YouTube supports the likes of Daydream, PS VR, Cardboard with the help of an application that’s been specifically designed for this. If you’re going to need to get it working on the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, you will have to find a way around it as it’s not supported by the app yet.
I will put together a list of some cool and some of my favorite VR and 360 video footages I have stumbled across YouTube so far.
HTC Vive: Facing your worst fear in VR
This absolutely fantastic video is one of the most intriguing and showing us exactly what VR and a 360 video can do. The new set of headsets from the HTC:Vive and Oculus Rift take the virtual reality experience to new heights. This is a video of a demo testing for a horror video game called “Sisters” by the technical personnel. It is quite interesting and shows you the effects of VR quite well.
Mega Coaster: Get Ready for the Drop (360 Video)
The video they have assembled in order for us to enjoy via YouTube is quite amazing. A ride for the ages, as referred to by many in the comment sections on YouTube. This 360 Video will take you into the
world of adrenaline and horror, pretty much as if you were there for real, if not scarier due to the more possibilities in VR than in real life. Its 1,4km long track, incredible inversions and sudden drops over the course of it, parts of the track will take you up to 100km/h speeds to make your head spin even harder.
A journey across the Universe –
Plenty of “walk across our universe” videos can be found on YouTube nowadays, but not many in VR, and especially not many like this one right here. It will take you on a trip that feels so close to being real that when you are done with it, you will be left speechless and try to comprehend how small we are in reality.
The Champions League Final (2017) –
Whether or not you are a football (soccer) fan, this is an absolute masterpiece. If you never attended
a match on this scale, this is a video that will get you as close as you can get to the incredible atmosphere that is just magical and not to be missed out on.
Pac-Man in 360 video –
If you are into VR and 360 videos, then you probably have been a gamer at some point in your life. Who
can forget about Pac-Man and the endless amount of time it could be fun for. Watch this amazingly well-put video with the famous Pac being the main protagonist in this 360 video representation of the Pac-Man world and let nostalgia run through your veins for a while.
If you want to get a taste of all these wild experiences for yourself, you don’t have to spend too much. You could find a headset that is fairly cheap and allow you to access the videos on YouTube in VR/360.
The virtual reality discovery can be much more meaningful and put to use to many significant aspects of usage, not just having fun and games. It could transform our day to day lives. It may change the way we do our jobs, the way we spend our free time, the way we keep in touch with people that are not around etc.
The possibilities are endless and one day, not so far in the future it seems, this kind of augmented perception of our world will be a part of our everyday lives.