It has been known that a VR head mounted display is a excellent device for watching 2D and 3D movies where as the entire outside world and it’s distractions disappear while in use. But nobody knew exactly what shape or form that was going to take in the real world.
Now we have a glimpse at how that is taking shape.
As announced at Oculus Developer Conference 2 in Sept.
Samsung, in it’s partnership with Oculus with it’s creation of GearVR Innovator Edition (beta) for the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 is ready for it’s consumer version of the mobile adapter for two of it’s flagship phones retailing for just $99 U.S.
Along with that, a deal with streaming movie providers NetFlix, Vimeo, Twitch and Hulu to stream it’s content to the Oculus Platform and be shared by the GearVR platform.
This same delivery system could be used in the future to stream immersive 360 video content once there is enough of it out there for consumers to choose from. But 3D movies are going to be back in demand once again since we have a delivery system and plenty of 3D content that has been created over the last decade by movie houses that did not give up on the concept.
It would be interesting to note that for Samsung, that is not all she wrote on VR just yet. They have bench tested 2 new phones that are blowing benchmarks to outer space with the so-called “O” series phones that very well could be the closest you will get to a desktop VR experience. They are rumored to be released in the spring of 2016.
It remains to be seen if that will be challenged by any other smartphone maker but it is hard to not think those at HTC and APPLE don’t have something up their sleeve. Apple probably has a head start with AppleTV that would give the likely mobile VR device a library of streaming media just to get started with.
Could it be the beginning of the end for cable?
Most cable operators do provide the internet that this is streamed on. They did have a opportunity to provide 3D content and chose not to some 8 years ago. Since they spent their money buying other cable operators instead of tech, they will be limited to having the broadest internet pipe. They will be challenged with streaming VR, 4k and 8k video in the near future.