One of the perks of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is that it can immerse the wearer in whatever it is that they’re doing, whether it be for gaming or for video watching. Now for those who own the Oculus Rift device, you might be interested to learn that Sir David Attenborough is working on a new nature documentary that has been designed to be viewed on the Oculus Rift.
The programme will be titled “Conquest of the Skies” and is currently in the process of being filmed by Atlantic Productions. According to the programme, it should allow viewers to immerse themselves in a full 360-degree view of Borneo. According to Atlantic’s commercial director, John Morris (via realscreen), “We’re now filming for the Oculus Rift, so when we filmed our recent flight in Borneo, we filmed with an eight-camera rig, so you got the full 360° experience.”
It sounds like a pretty cool idea and Morris even expects that such films could be one of the ways that the Oculus Rift could appeal to non-gamers. In a way that makes sense because as it stands, the Oculus Rift is primarily seen as a gaming device and has been mostly used in conjunction with video games to make them seem more real and immersive.
However by using it to view movies, it could offer up an entirely brand new experience, not to mention with the screens right before your eyes, you might not even need a large screen TV anymore. Facebook announced last month that they would be acquiring Oculus VR, the company behind Oculus Rift. While it’s good news for the company and the technology, since Facebook has the resources to help them progress, not every was smitten by the deal.