Sky VR Review: TV broadcaster to make VR mainstream

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Back in March, Sky decided that they would look to become a player in the VR space. Ever since, we have been looking forward to what content Sky would bring when it launch. We previewed the app in August gave us a glimpse of what we could expect. Now the Sky VR app is available in Ireland. We’re here to give you a run down on what could be a big splash in the VR space.

What is Sky VR?

 

Sky VR has been in the pipeline for a number of months and represents their commitment to the next generation of entertainment platforms. What is does, is allow the user to experience high-quality content in VR. The content available varies, with sports, movies, entertainment and nature categories represented well. However, if you are looking for live content, the Sky VR app will leave you disappointed. There is no live content available currently, but that’s not to say it won’t be available in the future.

Where can I get Sky VR?

It’s clear that Murdoch and Co decided to make the Sky VR app accessible to all during development. One of the main concerns when it was announced, surrounded the cost of the app. Thankfully, the Sky VR app is free to anyone who wants to download it. It is also available to download on Android and iOS for the masses, and on the Oculus store and through Gear VR for the purists.

What do I need to use Sky VR?

sky-vr-hardwareBecause the Sky VR app is available on several platforms, the hardware requirements are quite basic. As a start, anyone with an Android smartphone running Lollipop can access the content through the app, even without a VR headset. Using a standard headset will enhance the experience, allowing you to easily view the 360° content. Using a good set of headphones is also recommended, helping you feel like you are really within the content you’re watching. When reviewing the Sky VR app, we used a basic set of iCandy VR goggles and some Sony BTN 200 headphones, which worked really well. Don’t forget, you can pick up VR viewers, cheap as chips, in Flying Tiger these days.

What to watch on Sky VR?

Ok, so you’ve downloaded the app and have your headset and have your headphones at the ready. What should you watch first? There is a lot of choice within the Sky VR app to keep you occupied. If you’re a sports fan, you can relive Leicester City’s league win last season, or watch Anthony Joshua prepare for his World Title bout. For movie fans, you can put yourself into The Jungle Book, and experience meeting King Louis and Baloo from Mowgli’s perspective. Or perhaps you’d like to sit and watch an interview with the cast of Suicide Squad in 360. The content is bite-sized, so you won’t spend hours on the app, but there is more than enough to give you a quality VR experience.

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