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BBC VR

BrixmisBrixmis Posts: 2,236 Valuable Player
There are a few BBC VR experiences in the Oculus shop, but I wasn't aware they did anything more until I watched a news item today (coupling the well known audio recording of a Lancaster bomber's crew as they fly a mission over Berlin with a VR experience) that I spotted "BBC VR" in the corner and duely sought out their website.

May be of interest:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/virtualreality





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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 5,845 Valuable Player
    Have they released that bombing one yet? It isn't on the link you posted.
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  • MAC_MAN86MAC_MAN86 Posts: 1,360
    3Jane
    edited October 2018
    I seriously can't believe why BBC,  Sky, and any independent TV companies are so slow to keep up or even get content out there right now. It was just announced today that there is a WWII Experience!!! It's been out for over a year already!
    Sky got their APP and it's just vid clips in 360 but no streams for regular content!
  • DaftnDirectDaftnDirect Posts: 4,315 Valuable Player

    I suspect the BBC is made up of maybe 1% VR enthusiasts and 99% conventional media specialists... same as Sky… and same as us computer media consumers. The 1% have got their/our work cut out for us a while longer.

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  • BrixmisBrixmis Posts: 2,236 Valuable Player
    The bombing one is, afaik, only currently available at certain museums (seemed to be using a Vive Pro). I think it's only a matter of time before it will be available elsewhere.

    This is their guide...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z4vgrwx

    They have presented quite a few events in VR, which is better than nothing. Unfortunately, the "tech" dept at the Beeb are more interested in mobile devices these days - and phones above all else. Explains why they persist in mentioning Gear VR and not other headsets. Like I said, it's a start - at least they are doing something.

    I did see this on their guide:

    "Where do I watch BBC VR?

    You can watch lots of our content right here on your phone or desktop browser, but for a truly immersive experience watch in your VR headset.

    If you have a Samsung Gear VR, download the BBC’s free VR app now. Search for 'BBC VR' in the Oculus store, or tap the link below. If you have a different headset, like a Google Daydream, Oculus Go or cardboard smartphone headset, you can still experience immersive BBC VR using the YouTube app. All of our experiences are listed on this site.

    Some BBC experiences are also available for higher-end headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Search for ‘BBC’ in the Steam and Oculus stores."

    Apparently there's more VR stuff here:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/taster/

    Don't have time to check it just now (pizza call...!)





  • BrixmisBrixmis Posts: 2,236 Valuable Player
    Having checked that last site I can now say that if you want BBC to do more VR experiences or air more events in VR, this is the page you need to go to.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/taster/categories/virtual-reality/

    We really want your feedback to help us steer future research and development. Taster will be updated regularly as ideas come and go.






  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 5,845 Valuable Player
    The BBC have now released the Lancaster Bomber experience on Steam!

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/513490/1943_Berlin_Blitz/

    Going to dive in as soon as my shopping gets delivered! B)
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  • geebee666geebee666 Posts: 198
    Art3mis
    edited October 2018
    I thought the Lancaster Bomber experience was very well done, definitely give it a watch.
    You need a rotating chair to see every thing properly.
  • DaftnDirectDaftnDirect Posts: 4,315 Valuable Player

    Yep agreed geepee666, thanks for the heads up on this gents, just went through the Lancaster experience and I think everyone should download this.

    I won't spoil it for you snowdog, but just to say this is exactly what educational VR should be all about. Done by Immersive VR Education, the same people who did the Apollo 11 and Titanic experiences, this one using the original BBC audio recording from the flight.

    Superb, absolutely superb.

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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 5,845 Valuable Player
    I've always been interested in history, I would have chosen History as one of my GCSEs if my History teacher wasn't such a bitch.

    I bought the Titanic one before it launched but I haven't tried it out yet and the Nefertari experience is also supposed to be excellent too. I'm really going to have to check these things out.

    Just think how much better History lessons are going to be for kids in the not too distant future! Makes me quite envious tbh, the little brats lol :D
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  • BlahdeBlahde Posts: 32
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    Literally just found the Lanc Bomber 1943 Blitz on Steam. It's well worth a watch. Really, really enjoyed the 'live' commentary and the visuals are pretty nice.
  • DaftnDirectDaftnDirect Posts: 4,315 Valuable Player
    Surprised a little at how cramped the Lancaster is inside. Those droning Merlin engines give it more presence irl than it probably would have otherwise, well those engines and the bombs!
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  • BrixmisBrixmis Posts: 2,236 Valuable Player
    If you have one of those vibrating feedback chairs/cushion thingies, you're all set! :)




  • lensmandavelensmandave Posts: 127
    Art3mis
    Cheers for the head-up. Just played it and agree with all the other comments. Really well done and knowing that it is the actual sound recording makes it particularly poignant....think I have something in my eye :)
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  • Stryker1000Stryker1000 Posts: 485
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    ive gotta XRocker gaming chair ..but oculus wont give it any support. drivers wise .its a bit of a shame really cos it really would add to the immersion ...IMO
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