Sky launches VR studio, first film coming tomorrow

Virtual reality is the major tech craze of 2016, and it seems everyone wants a slice of the pie.

Sky has announced a dedicated virtual reality studio that’s committed to developing 360-degree content.

The Sky VR Studio will release its first VR content tomorrow on the Facebook 360 video platform.

That means they’ll also be available on Oculus, and viewable using the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift.

The two films arriving tomorrow are Formula One experiences, shot during testing in Barcelona. Sky says the videos will transport viewers into the pit lane, team garages, and onto the track.

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“The Sky VR Studio allows us to add a new dimension to storytelling, taking viewers to extraordinary places and offering a unique perspective on a whole host of events,” said Gary Davey, MD of Content at Sky.

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“The development of VR technology is moving at an incredible pace and excitement is building about its potential,” Davey continued.

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According to Davey, this announcement “is just the start”, and Sky hopes to “create more amazing VR content” and explore “the possibilities with our tech and content partners”.

Sky hopes to create “more than 20” individual films across cultural and sporting events in 2016.

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