In March, Sky announced their commitment to creating loads of virtual reality content through a dedicated Sky VR app. We take a look at what this means for sports fans.
Sky VR Studio
If you are going to take virtual reality content creation seriously, you’ll be needed a studio to back you up. The Sky VR Studio was a logical step toward becoming a leading. The studio is a fully dedicated in-house VR production unit, who have already dipped their toe into creating fantastic footage on-board with the Williams Martini Racing Team on Facebook.
Beyond Formula One, Sky have also been involved with the red carpet portion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere, the Tour de France and Anthony Joshua fights.
The Sky VR app
The compliment this new suite of content, Sky have also developed the Sky VR app. The app will be available on Android and iOS is one of the most exciting apps Sky will be adding to their collection yet. Whether or not the app will be free or not remains to be seen, but it’s almost certainly to be free for Sky subscribers (with hopes the Irish market won’t be forgotten). We are waiting patiently for the launch of the Sky VR app, which is due this month (August).
Devices compatible with Sky VR
We’ve trialled plenty of VR headsets, with the HTC Vive being a clear leader. With that said, the Vive will need loads of space, loads of computer power and loads of money run. What doesn’t take quite as much is the Samsung Gear VR: once your already have a compatible phone of course. Thankfully, the Sky VR app or at least the service will be compatible with the Gear VR and Oculus Rift
Sky have also celebrated 25 years in existence and interviewed David Beckham in 360 on Facebook to celebrate. We’re just hoping that they nail some sort of VR content around the Premier League.