The BBC wants you to know that it’s serious about producing virtual reality content. The broadcaster has launched a new VR division that will be tasked with producing interesting virtual reality experiences. The division’s first production is a spacewalk experience from the International Space Station. Home — A VR Spacewalk was developed by the BBC in collaboration with digital production studio Rewind.
The BBC’s VR division is going to work with “digital experts,” content creators, and showrunners to create interesting virtual reality experiences.
The first film about the spacewalk is based on the training programs of NASA and the European Space Agency. Viewers are taken on a repair job outside the International Space Station. Virtual reality really is the perfect medium to experience the spacewalk in.
This VR film has previously been showcased at many film festivals but it hadn’t been released to the public. That changes today. Home — A VR Spacewalk is now available via YouTube.
BBC has made VR content before this as well. Previous films covered the refugee crisis and human trafficking. Don’t expect the BBC to keep churning out these VR experiences at a rapid pace, though. The broadcaster has said that it’s going to release them infrequently as it wants to create “a small number of high impact pieces.”