Virtual reality music videos aren’t exactly new. Ever since support for 360-degree video was added to YouTube, we’ve seen several artists and bands take advantage of the technology to create VR music videos. However if there is one thing that a lot of these music videos are lacking, it is that your location is fixed.
This is because a 360-degree camera is placed stationary in the middle of the room while it records, but this is something that Sony wants to change. To help promote the PlayStation VR’s capabilities, Sony worked together with violinist Joshua Bell to create a VR music video in which you as the viewer will be able to walk around in and explore the room while the musicians play their music.
According to Sony, “Providing free movement around a live action VR scene is cutting edge and normally involves cumbersome camera and playback equipment. The new approach we used for the Joshua Bell VR Experience allowed us to capture the informality of a real recording session without the constraints of a special studio. It also played to the strengths of the PS4s processing capabilities.”
It sounds like an amazing idea and of course you’d have to own the PlayStation VR if you’d like to check it out, and if you do the good news is that it is a free download so head on over to the PlayStation Store if you’d like to take it for a spin. In the meantime you can check out the making-of video above if you want to see how Sony put it all together.