Sony has unveiled its full line-up of virtual reality games, experiences and video services for its PlayStation VR headset, which will launch globally tomorrow.
Among the non-gaming content that will be available are services like Vrideo, which will let users stream content from a range of VR channels. Customers in the US will also be able to access the new Hulu VR app.
Within, another VR content service for PS VR, will cut across a range of genres and feature everything from “tales set in worlds of pure imagination to documentaries”.
Littlstar VR Cinema will also offer VR, 360–degree video, and immersive experiences and include content from channels like ABC, Showtime, Discovery, Nat Geo, A+E, Disney.
Elsewhere, Kismet promises to transport users to a “magical realm using the mystic arts of tarot and astrology”; while Alchemy VR has produced three underwater experiences – Atomic Ghost Fleet, set in the remote tropical waters around the Bikini Atoll, Cocos Shark Island, set 240 miles off the coast of Costa Rica and David Attenborough’s First Life VR, which takes viewers on “a journey of discovery to the Cambrian Oceans of 540 million years ago”.
Virtual reality films that will be available for PS VR include Allumette, which will let viewers experience “a city in the clouds”, and Invasion!, an animated alien invasion movie starring Ethan Hawke.
Finally, Harmonix Music VR is a service that promises to “conjure a unique visual projection to fit the rhythm” of songs. Users can load
music onto a USB stick and plug it into PS4 consoles to start their own “intense VR dance party.”
“Earlier this week we published a full list of all the PlayStation VR games launching in the next few months,” said Sony in a post on the PlayStation Europe blog.
“However, games aren’t the only software that will be available for your new headset – you’ll also be able to download a number of virtual reality ‘experiences’ and video services.”
The installed base of virtual reality headsets will climb from four million in 2015 to 81 million in 2020, according to recent research by IHS Markit.
The study claims that Sony’s PlayStation VR will outsell Oculus Rift and HTC Vive combined in 2016, but will also be “supply-constrained” as the company plays it safe on stock inventory, according to the research.
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21st February 2019