Virtual Reality is becoming a bigger part of the media conversation, with big companies jumping to snag up market space as the technology becomes more and more accessible. Google’s newly announced Daydream View, Sony’s Playstation VR, and Facebook’s Oculus Rift are vying for your hard earned dollars, and they’re busting out the big guns to get your attention. Along with it’s announcement of the Daydream View, Google announced a collaboration that will be sure to score points with readers everywhere.
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Developer’s have teamed with Warner Bros. to bring the beloved Harry Potter series to Google’s platform. A game that ties into the upcoming Fantastical Beasts and Where To Find Them allows for users to turn their motion controller into a wand and cast spells while strapped into the fabric covered Daydream View. The potential for expression on these new platforms is astounding, with current iterations and experiences only demonstrating a taste of what will be possible in the near future.
Already Virtual Reality has been implemented in the world of journalism in new and impactful ways. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal have already agreed to distribute virtual reality content on Google’s Daydream View. For more examples on the groundbreaking work being done with virtual reality platforms, I strongly suggest watching Chris Milk’s TED talk (above) about the work he’s done with the United Nation making short VR films that put viewers in the room with a Syrian refugee girl who walks us through her experience.
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