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Explore with David Attenborough as your guide in Playstation VR
Three pioneering VR documentaries have just been released on the PlayStation VR. Atomic Ghost Fleet and Cocos: Shark Island alongside the award winning David Attenborough’s First Life VR are all now available to the general public at varying prices.
The three documented were launched by highly acclaimed VR Studio Alchemy VR
You can find the summary for each title below the official Still Life trailer
David Attenborough’s First Life VR (15 minutes): A journey back in time to experience the dawn of life on Earth
David Attenborough’s First Life VR is an award-winning fully immersive virtual reality experience produced by Alchemy VR. In stunning 360 VR, go on a journey of discovery to unearth the secrets of the evolution of the first life on Earth. Travel back to the Cambrian Oceans of 540 million years ago as David Attenborough reveals the dawn of life on Earth and introduces you to its earliest inhabitants, exploring ancient oceans and interacting with extraordinary extinct sea creatures. Using top paleontological research and state of the art computer technology, long-extinct animals such as the five-eyed Opabinia, the fearsome looking Anomalocaris and the spiny, worm-like Hallucigenia are brought vividly alive in a fully immersive CG VR experience.
With stunning CGI created by the Emmy-award winning team at ZOO VFX, this VR experience has won several of the most prestigious digital awards in the industry, including the World Summit Award and the Museum & Heritage Awards for innovation.
Atomic Ghost Fleet (18 minutes): An expedition to the shipwrecks of the Nuclear Age
Seventy years ago, some of the most powerful nuclear weapons ever created were detonated over the Bikini Atoll; a remote chain of islands in the crystal blue waters of the tropical Pacific. The islands became off-limits to mankind, saturated in radioactive fall-out. But in 2015, the state-of-the-art research and exploration vessel Alucia and her crew returned to discover the secrets below the waves.
In this unique VR experience, we descend into Bikini’s tropical lagoon to come face to face with an undisturbed historical world of extraordinary shipwrecks. Revealing the fate of these sunken relics ‘Atomic Ghost Fleet’ combines world first 360 degree footage and archive materials with rare and poignant insight.
Cocos: Shark Island (10 Minutes): An expedition dive into a shark infested paradise
340 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, in the Pacific Ocean, lies Cocos Island. Described by legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau as, “the most beautiful island in the world”, its tropical waters are home to a rich marine ecosystem – making it a mecca for schools of hungry sharks.
In this immersive VR experience we join a team of expert researchers and scientists as they dive into this underwater paradise at feeding time. Thankfully the sharks are focussed on the fish, leaving you to witness this great event in thrilling 360 degrees.
Atomic Ghost Fleet and Cocos: Shark Island are produced by Atlantic Productions with Alucia Productions
Man City continue to lead 360 content creation in football
Manchester City, in collaboration with Jaunt created a new 360° VR fan experience that allowed fans to get closer to the matchday action at the Etihad Stadium.
The immersive video captures different moments of the matchday experience and displays them in 360° cinematic virtual reality. Providing exclusive access to the players’ changing room and a first-hand look as the players arrive on the Blue Carpet, whilst also showcasing all the people involved in delivering unforgettable football moments, the digital fan experience is a can’t miss for football fans the world over.
The immersive VR content, the first full football matchday experience available on Jaunt’s VR platform, was filmed using Jaunt’s award-winning Jaunt ONE camera and premium VR technology. Using the highest quality stereo VR for an incredible viewpoint, the VR experience immerses fans in the heart of the action and gives them an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at the matchday atmosphere in the Etihad Stadium.
Diego Gigliani, Senior Vice-President of Media and Innovation for City Football Group said:
“There’s nothing that compares with attending a match at the Etihad Stadium, but the emergence of 360 video and virtual reality has allowed us to capture some of that atmosphere and excitement in ways that weren’t possible in the past. As our fan base continues to grow, both within the UK and globally, we want all of our fans to get a taste for what it’s like to be at the Etihad Stadium – from cheering in the stands and watching players line up in the tunnel to welcoming the team off the bus and standing by-side with the stewards ensuring the crowd’s safety.”
“We hope this pilot on the Jaunt platform reaches both existing and new fans, and reaffirms our commitment to exploring innovative ways of using VR to enhancing the fan experience to Manchester City fans, near and far.”
Dominic Collins, General Manager, EMEA, Jaunt VR, added:
“Working with a prestigious football club like Manchester City has been an amazing experience. The club is the perfect embodiment of the modern football club, and this is a further example of its commitment to innovation in sport.
“The Manchester City Match Day experience perfectly showcases what can be achieved with modern VR, and complements the fast-paced and passion-filled nature of Premier League football. VR is a new opportunity to engage with hundreds of millions of sports fans across the world, many of whom would otherwise never have the opportunity to experience a sports game at this level.”
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